Two injuries could keep a pair of Eagles off the floor when Morehead State opens the season at UNLV.
According to Michael Grant of the Courier-Journal, LSU transfer forward Jalen Courtney will not play against the Rebels with a knee injury, and Corban Collins (pictured) could miss the game after suffering a concussion.
Collins played 19 minutes in the Eagles exhibition against St. Catherine, totaling three points and a rebound. Courtney did not play in that game.
It’s a short road trip for the Eagles. After playing UNLV Friday, they return home to host Cincinnati Christian Monday. Their next game against a Division I team comes Thursday, when Morehead State travels to Cincinnati.
Both players sat out last year after making the jump to the Eagles from the Bayou. Barring a sixth year, this is Courtney’s final year of eligibility. In three years at LSU, he averaged fewer than two points a game. Collins is just a sophomore, but had a great freshman year, hitting 43% from three-point range, a big weakness of the Eagles a year ago.
Morehead State is considered by many to be one of the deeper teams in the OVC. They face another aggressive, up-tempo team in UNLV, and the Eagles will need a lot of bodies, so they’ll feel the impact of missing two players.
There’s no word on how long Courtney’s knee could keep him out.