Today in the Morning Rumble, Stanford loses a key player to injury, Daquan Cook receives a suspension and L.J. Rose is out until conference play.
Brutal news out of Stanford as sophomore point guard Robert Cartwright (1.9 points per game last season) suffered an arm compound fracture during a routine practice drill. He is out indefinitely.
With Cartwright and fellow guard Marcus Allen both injured to begin the season, Malcolm Allen and Dorian Pickens will have to pick up the slack at the guard position.
UNLV has immense talent year in and year out but this season Dave Rice must put the pieces together in order to return to the NCAA Tournament. The Rebels will have to overcome the loss of junior guard Daquan Cook during the non-conference portion of the season though. Cook has been suspended for 13 games following a Sunday DUI arrest.
The 6'2" guard sat out last season with a torn ACL and averaged just 1.8 points in 8.5 minutes per game in 2013-14.
L.J. Rose was one of Houston's best players last season until the 6'3" guard broke his foot, missing the last six games of the year. Now Rose will continue his road to recovery and will be inactive until American Conference play starts up in December.
Rose, who head coach Kelvin Sampson will count on for senior leadership, averaged 9.3 points, 5.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds last season. The Houston native will team up with Ronnie Johnson, Damyean Dotson, Rob Gray Jr., LeRon Jones and Galen Robinson Jr. in what will be a much improved backcourt this season.
Four-star Ohio State small forward Mickey Mitchell is not yet cleared by the NCAA but can practice at this point in time. Mitchell, a 6'7" native of Plano, Texas, is a top 100 player and chose the Buckeyes over Baylor and Texas A&M.
With sharp shooter Marc Loving returning, Mitchell is expected to receive minutes at the three-position off the bench, as he will provide the Buckeyes with a physical rim attacker and a tremendous passer with great court vision.
Former Louisville sharp shooter Kyle Kuric will undergo brain surgery after doctors discovered a tumor. Kuric is a 6'4" wing that played the last three seasons in Spain.
Prayers go out to him and his family.