Malone Tears ACL, out for Year
UK freshman walk-on Sam Malone suffered a torn ACL against Chattanooga and will miss the remainder of the 2011-12 season. Malone saw action in six games this season as a reserve guard, but was always fun to watch at the end of games, as he played every second he was on the court as if it were his last. Here’s what John Calipari had to say about Malone:
“Losing Sam Malone to an ACL injury is heartbreaking. He has been a great teammate and an even better person. You never want to hear someone is injured, but for Sam to go through his fourth knee injury is especially tough because he’s worked so hard to get where he is. He has become a valuable member of our team and quickly became a fan favorite. We look forward to Sam making a full recovery.”
Don’t Expect Jones to Play
Terrencce Jones did not participate in the teams’ shootaround this morning. He sat on the sideline with his left hand wrapped heavily and is considered doubful to play tonight. Expect to see Kyle Wiltjer get more of his minutes tonight after a solid performance against Chatanooga Saturday night.
Teague Looking to Continue Development
Over the last six games, point guard Marquis Teague has dished out 35 assissts, while only commiting nine turnovers. That;s a 4:1 ratio. To put that into perspective, only two NBA point guards had a 4:1 ratio last year, and its a far cry from Teague’s misreable start to the year when he was having more turnovers than assists in games. Again I will say, in Cal we trust.
Hayes’ Career in Jepordey
Chuck Hayes had his contract with the Sacramento Kings voided after team doctors detected heart problems in the former All-SEC forward. There’s been strong speculation that this ailment will be enough to end the career of Hayes. The Houston Rockets have shown interest in brinigng Hayes back if he can get treatment for the condition that will allow him to resume his playing career. We are all hoping and praying Hayes can overcome this problem and go on to live a happy and healthy life.