Tre Demps’ freshman season came to an end Tuesday when the
guard underwent surgery on his left shoulder.
The Wildcats expect him to return to the court in 4-5 months. The all-state player from Texas and son of New Orleans Hornets general manager Dell Demps likely could get a medical redshirt despite having played in four games.
Demps’ injury thins NU’s backcourt, and there’s potential for more bad news.
A team official said that Alex Marcotullio, who has been slowed by a toe injury, had an MRI on Monday. The results have yet to be released.
Marcotullio, the team’s top long-range threat, has been limited in practice and hasn’t hit more than two 3-pointers in a game this season.
On the flip side, swingman
has recovered from a concussion that left him on the bench for NU’s last three games. Cobb practiced Monday for the first time since taking a shot to the nose Nov. 25 against Stony Brook.
Demps suffered his shoulder injury in August, telling the Tribune he “felt a pop” after hand-checking Oklahoma City first-round pick
in a pickup game.
He immediately thought he needed surgery but was cleared after getting evaluated by several doctors.
Demps started in NU’s Nov. 7 exhibition against
and looked strong despite playing with a sleeve on his left shoulder. He scored 13 points, hitting 3 of 5 from 3-point land, and dished out three assists to one turnover in 28 minutes.
But Demps struggled after that. He got big minutes against Texas-Pan American and Mississippi Valley State and brief looks against Stony Brook and Georgia Tech. He shot just 3-for-17 and made 1 of 5 free throws.
“The injury really limited Tre and it was in his best interest to get it taken care of at this time,” NU coach
The Wildcats are 7-1, and analysts project them to make their first
tournament in school history. They’ll play three times in four days beginning Thursday with a game against Texas Southern at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Football: Defensive tackle Niko Mafuli will miss the Meineke Car Care Bowl after breaking his leg in practice Saturday. Evan Watkins has moved to superback (tight end/fullback) after getting buried on the depth chart at quarterback.