LSU will be with out Jarell Martin for the home opener against Northwestern State. In the season opener against Massachusetts, Martin went down with a sprained ankle 30 seconds into the game and was not able to return.
Head coach Johnny Jones intends to rest his young athlete so that he will be able to come back at full strength.
I think according to our doctors and trainers that would be the side that they would like to lean on. Jarell will probably continue to rest because of precautionary measures, which will allow him to continue to heal and not be out there – not being at full strength. So I think we will definitely try and go through this weekend without him but continue to treat him very aggressively. Hopefully, we’ll try to get him in the lineup next week.
Martin was LSU’s top recruit and was ranked 11th in the ESPN top 100. Being from Baton Rouge he decided to stay at home and represent the Tigers. His senior year he won the 2013 Farm Bureau/Mr. Basketball award, an award given by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association to the top player in the state of Louisiana. He had a phenomenal senior season averaging 26.3 points, 14.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 4.1 blocked shots per game.
LSU is not excited to be without their talents freshman but coach Jones is staying positive.
Anytime you start off the season you hope to be full throttle. We’ve been very blessed throughout the preseason and in practices that we have been injury free. Unfortunately, 30 seconds into the season, we have an unfortunate injury that will sideline one of our guys. It’s different. It’s something we hope that we will be able to work through with this young team being able to jell with the chemistry. But I think things happen for a reason. This will give us an opportunity to have some different looks for what could happen down the stretch as well. It’s unfortunate, but we’ve got to make sure that somebody on this team has to step up. It’s an opportunity for us to see who’s willing and capable of doing that.