CHICAGO — UIC freshman Marcus Ottey could miss up to four weeks with a broken left wrist, a source has told The Catch and Shoot. Because the injury occurred on his shooting hand, the training staff will be cautious with his recovery, the source said.
Ottey, a 6’2″ guard, was averaging 10.3 points this season and was fresh off a 14-point performance in the Youngstown State game. He suffered the injury during the second half of that game but subbed back in during overtime to play defense.
After Tuesday’s win against Milwaukee, coach Steve McClain told media he did not know if the injury was a break or a sprain, and Ottey would be day-to-day.
“I don’t know,” McClain said. “What I know is he could be back in a day, a week or three weeks.”
Injuries have been a major issue for the Flames, although they have persevered to start 4-2 in the Horizon League.
Leading scorer Dikembe Dixson tore his ACL in December while junior guard Lance Whitaker battled a foot issue at the start of the year and then suffered a concussion earlier this month. Junior forward Clint Robinson also missed Tuesday’s game with a concussion, suffered against Youngstown State. Not that he would have played much anyway, but walk-on guard Josh Joiner also tore his ACL in the preseason.
The Flames roster was so depleted Tuesday that a student manager suited up as a walk-on.
Still, Tuesday’s 71-57 win brought them into a third-place tie with Oakland, and they are just one game behind Valparaiso and Green Bay, who are tied for first.
While the Flames handled Milwaukee by double digits, they have a difficult stretch nearing. UIC travels to Valpo on Sunday, followed by a home game against much-improved Northern Kentucky. After hosting Wright State, the Flames then have to play at Green Bay.
With a thin bench and two of their best scorers out, guards Dominique Matthews and Michael Kolawole will need produce. They succeeded against Milwaukee, as Matthews posted 11 points and Kolawole had 7 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
Editor’s note: This story was updated Jan. 17, 2017 at 11:16 p.m. CT to reflect new information regarding Ottey’s injury.