The Nevada Wolf Pack might not be at full strength when it takes on the Wyoming Cowboys in its Mountain West tournament opener Tuesday night.
Wolf Pack coach David Carter said junior Jerry Evans might miss his second consecutive game with a sprained left wrist.
“Right now we have to practice as if he’s not going to play,” Carter said. “It’s his shooting hand and Jerry Evans isn’t very effective with his left hand.”
Evans missed the Wolf Pack’s regular season finale, a 77-66 loss at Colorado State on Wednesday, because of the injury. He was replaced in the starting lineup by freshman guard Marqueze Coleman.
Coleman played well in what might turn out to be a sneak preview of what the Wolf Pack will look like in the 2013-14 season. Carter said he is thinking of starting three guards next year with point guard Deonte Burton, Coleman and UTEP transfer Michael Perez on the floor at the same time.
“I am seriously considering it,” Carter said.
Evans, who leads the Pack with 5.9 rebounds a game, original hurt his left wrist in a 73-47 loss at Boise State on Feb. 27. He played with the injury in the Pack’s next two games, losses to UNLV and New Mexico at Lawlor Events Center, but wasn‘t very productive. He had just four points and four rebounds n 35 minutes against UNLV and no points and three rebounds in 11 minutes against New Mexico.
“It doesn’t look like he’s going to be able to play (against Wyoming),” Carter said. “The wrist has stiffened up on him. But we’re going to have to see (on Tuesday night). You can’t do anything about those type of things but rest it. We’ll have to wait and see.”