A scary moment punctuated a disappointing loss for No. 20 Wichita State on Friday.
Shockers senior forward Anton Grady took an awkward and accidental smash to the head and neck from Alabama’s Dazon Ingram. The encounter caused Grady to hit the floor, where he appeared to be completely motionless for many minutes. Grady had to be rolled out of the arena on a gurney.
On Friday afternoon, Wichita State communications director Bryan Holmgren said Grady was “awake” and “alert.” He’s still undergoing tests. Updates to his status will be made to this story as they become available to CBS Sports.
Here’s video of the injury.
Grady is no role player. The combo forward is averaging 10.6 points and 6.0 rebounds this season and was asked to take on a big load for Gregg Marshall’s team. The Grady scare was the latest injury to hit a team that’s already taken on multiple setbacks this season.
And with that, Wichita State is also piling up losses and seeing its season’s prospectus completely upended through the first two weeks. A program that lost two games two seasons ago has already dropped more through five games this season.
The Shockers lost a game to Alabama on Friday that they had no business losing. The 64-60 outcome put Wichita State at 2-3. The Shockers have now dropped two straight after losing to USC on Thursday. On Nov. 17, WSU fell by 10 to Tulsa.
Fred VanVleet, who is recovering from an injured hamstring and a tender ankle, hasn’t been available. His absence has only proven his value to Wichita State. The Shockers are also without VanVleet’s backup, freshman Landry Shamet, who might well miss the entire season due to a right-foot stress fracture.
Even with the injuries, the losses incurred will do damage to Wichita State’s NCAA Tournament chances. Marshall’s team still has opportunities to be in good standing, but at this point, even reaching for something like a No. 7 seed, which is what last season’s group achieved, seems far-fetched.
Video via Rob Dauster.