The St John’s basketball program took a bit of a crushing set back on Tuesday as it was announced that sophomore center Chris Obekpa could be sidelined for up to two weeks.
On Monday, it was known that Obekpa had been diagnosed with with a sprain and a bone bruise in his ankle that he had suffered during practice.
Red Storm head coach Steve Lavin issued a brief statement regarding the loss of his center for a while.
“Chris is a central part of what we do on both ends of the court. Our team will have to step up collectively in his absence,” St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin said in a statement. “Chris is not only an outstanding defender with shot blocking prowess but his recent offensive contributions have been a significant part of our team’s success. One of our team’s strengths is depth so we are confident in our front line players’ ability to see us through this challenging stretch.”
This does hurt as the Johnnies are alive and well with hopes that they can make the NCAA Tournament next month, and they’ll need virtually every weapon in the arsenal to get there. Losing a weapon such as Obekpa certainly doesn’t help their cause.