UVa's Kihei Clark Out Indefinitely
Clark played on Sunday in Virginia's win over VCU with a protective cast on his wrist.
UVa head basketball coach Tony Bennett says Virginia freshman guard Kihei Clark is out indefinitely.
Clark was scheduled to have wrist surgery today for a hairline fracture on his non-shooting hand.
Clark played on Sunday in Virginia's win over VCU with a protective cast on his left wrist.
Clark had five points and even had a great defensive play, forcing VCU into a 10-second backcourt violation.
"He about made me jump out of my shoes when he got that ten second call," says Bennett. "Our staff said, I have never seen anybody do that on an individual turn,' and I said, 'I have. Muggsy Bogues.' I said that I used to play with him and he used to do that to people. I thought that was terrific. His heart and his ability, we watched this against high quality players, because [Marcus] Evans is a terrific player for them. He just sets the defense and how can you not be excited."
Ty Jerome added, "They were trying to bring the ball up the court and call timeout and the kid couldn't even get to halfcourt to call timeout. That's how good of a job he was doing on the ball."
Kihei Clark is averaging about six points and three assists this season. After the VCU game Sunday, he talked about how his injury happened.
"I took a charge in the second half of the Morgan State game on the right side and I tried to break my fall. That is how I hurt it," says Clark. "I just wanted to come in and help my team as much as possible. That's what I tried to do. It affected me today when I was dribbling the ball going left. Other than that, I was pretty fine. They haven't given me a specific timeline, but hopefully I'm back sooner rather than later."
Despite a perfect 9-0 record, the 'Hoos dropped two spots this week in the AP poll now ranked sixth in the country. Virginia is off 11 days for final exams, before playing at South Carolina on December 19th.