The Kansas State men’s basketball team will have to play without one of its starting guards for at least a few games while he recovers from a nasty injury.
Selton Miguel, a sophomore wing who is averaging 8.2 points and 4.9 rebounds for the Wildcats, is still suffering from the injury he suffered to his left ankle during a blowout loss at Baylor earlier this week.
K-State coach Bruce Weber says it will take “a couple weeks” before he is ready to return to the court.
“Selton has a bad sprain,” Weber said Thursday night on his weekly radio show. “I’m glad it’s not fractured. I just called him to check in and see how everything went with his treatment today. He said he could at least put his foot down now. You probably have to anticipate a couple weeks to get him back. It’s just another set back.”
That is viewed as good news by Weber. It was a scary sight when Miguel crumpled to the floor after landing awkwardly on the foot of a Baylor player earlier this week. Miguel was unable to put weight on his left foot afterward, and Weber had to help carry him off the court.
Miguel watched most of the game from the sideline with his foot elevated, but he was eventually helped to the locker room for more testing. Weber said he hoped his ankle wasn’t broken immediately following the game.
The Wildcats are next in action on Saturday. They will play at Mississippi in a Big 12/SEC Challenge game.
Weber will count on “super senior” guard Mike McGuirl and reserve guard Luke Kasubke to make up for Miguel’s absence in that game and beyond.
McGuirl figures to be up for the challenge. He started several games earlier in the season before K-State pivoted to Miguel as part of a four-guard lineup at the start of Big 12 play.
The most veteran player on K-State’s roster is averaging 6.4 points and 2.9 rebounds this season. But he has delivered some meaningful games for the Wildcats over the years.
Miguel has been in a bit of scoring funk lately, so his offensive production shouldn’t be hard to replace. But he is K-State’s top perimeter defender. That could be difficult for the Wildcats to replicate.
“We just have to regroup mentally the best we can,” Weber said. “We have to begin with losing a guy that’s been pretty good. He has been our best defensive guy, especially on the ball. We will have to deal with that, but now somebody else gets an opportunity to step up.”