Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said Monday junior guard Fred VanVleet was a “little gimpy” during practice Sunday after rolling his right ankle in the first half of Saturday’s 68-62 win at Illinois State.
However, he added VanVleet plans to play Tuesday at Southern Illinois for the No. 13 Shockers (23-3, 13-1 Missouri Valley), per The Wichita Eagle.
Marshall expressed optimism about VanVleet’s status after the 6-foot, 195-pound guard played through injury to total 15 points in 36 minutes on Saturday.
”Freddy rolled that ankle pretty good,” Marshall said Saturday, per the Associated Press. ”But he’s one of the toughest players I’ve ever coached. Most guys wouldn’t have come back from that. But Freddy was back out there in less than a minute and ended up playing, what, something like 36 minutes on a bad wheel? I just hope it’s not too swollen to play on next week.”
VanVleet is the Shockers’ second-leading scorer (12.0 ppg), second-leading rebounder (4.3 rpg) and leads the team in assists (5.4 apg).
As of Monday, CBSSports.com Bracketology Expert Jerry Palm had the Shockers as a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament.