Pitt Loses Forward for a Month
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Pitt’s basketball injury list got even longer Tuesday when junior college transfer Derrick Worrell learned he will be sidelined for at least a month with a tear in his right knee.
The Panthers, picked to finish next to last in the Big East, already were practicing without forward Isaac Hawkins, who has a fractured leg and will be out another four weeks.
Also, center Chris Seabrooks has missed considerable practice time with a stiff neck and for disciplinary reasons after being implicated in an on-campus assault case.
Point guard Kellii Taylor is academically ineligible this semester and isn’t expected to rejoin the team until next month.
Worrell, a transfer from Allegany (Md.) Community College, had 11 points and six rebounds in an exhibition game Thursday. He was playing power forward, the position manned by Hawkins until he was hurt.
The various injuries and absences left new coach Ben Howland with seven physically fit scholarship players for Friday’s season opener against Wright State: forwards Donatas Zavackas and Griffin Abel, guards Brandin Knight, Ricardo Greer, Jeremy Holmes and Jarrett Lockhart and Seabrooks.
Pitt was 14-16 last season under former coach Ralph Willard.