Mississippi State will have to once again mix and match at a crucial position on the hardwood.
It was learned on Friday that true freshman point guard IJ Ready would be sidelined for 2-4 weeks with a strained, inflamed hamstring.
The Little Rock, Ark. native left Thursday night’s win over Kennesaw State with 5:25 left and didn’t return. He got an MRI that Friday.
“Obviously it’s unfortunate that IJ is out,” MSU head coach Rick Ray said on his Monday teleconference. “The good thing is the fact that it was just a strain and wasn’t a tear. You always have to careful with hamstrings. He could be out from anywhere between 2-4 weeks. We’ll make sure we’ll err on the side of caution with that.”
Junior Trivante Bloodman and redshirt freshman Jacoby Davis are the two guards that will try to fill that role.
“We’ll have Trivante Bloodman at the starting point guard and we’ll have Jacoby Davis as the backup,” Ray said. “With the way Jacoby has been practicing and they way he’s knee has been reacting to that 5-on-5 contact practice, that he should be able to fulfill that role.”
Sophomore Craig Sword played some point guard last season, but is naturally a shooting guard. Ray and his staff want to do all they can to keep from sliding him over to the point guard role.
“We really want to avoid moving Chicken (Craig Sword) over to that point guard spot, but if Jacoby is not able to handle those things, then we’ll have to slide Chicken over there to be our third option at the point guard spot,” Ray said.
The Bulldogs (2-0) host Mississippi Valley State (0-2) tomorrow at 7 p.m. inside Humphrey Coliseum.