Hearing that Emmanuel Audu (shoulder) and Davis Carter (unspecified internal medical issues) are sidelined should have left USI men’s basketball fans feeling sick. Yes, coach Rodney Watson said Carter should be ready for the season opener at the D2 Vegas Showdown on Nov. 13 and Audu’s injury is such that it’s “fixable” and not serious (but serious enough that he probably won’t return until early December). But they are the two people — the only two people — I’ve heard who had been tremendous shot blockers in practice this fall.
Sure, USI returns 6-8 Shane Seniour and 6-6 George Edwards and got the big man they wanted more than a year ago, 6-7 Terrence Tisdell, when he transferred in from Division I Cal-Riverside. Yet, having the 6-7 Audu and the 7-1 Carter, even though Carter is still very raw, made for an extremely deep inside game that was non-existent last season.
Eagles fans better hope they return before the GLVC schedule kicks in Dec. 3 and 5.