Waiting on big men

Arizona has a void in the post. Right now just two pure post players are seeing any significant time in the middle. Wildcat fans keep asking where are Fendi Onobun and Kirk Walters?

With Onobun it seems easy on the surface, he's injured. Onobun has a shin injury that has had him out since before the exhibition games.

"I don't know," interim head coach Kevin O'Neill said when asked about the specifics of the injury. "All I know is it is a shin injury. I don't get into all the medical stuff."

With Onobun missing so much time, one has to wonder just how he fits into what the Wildcats want to do.

"We could definitely use Fendi's body, no question," O'Neill said. "He's a junior, he hasn't played a ton, but he is a junior so he's been through three years. We can definitely use him."

Onobun has not made the best impression since being injured. He has twice been sent home by O'Neill for being late to team obligations.

The good news is that he is back out on the floor for the Cats. He has resumed light practicing, but probably won't be available the rest of the week. Once he is fully cleared he will have to get back into game shape and prove to the staff that he is properly prepared to play significant minutes.

For Kirk Walters the injury issues appear to be a thing of the past, but as of now, so is significant playing time. Walters has yet to see any real time this season. "He hasn't played well enough to be in there," O'Neill noted. "Not well enough, consistently enough to be in there.

"To me, I am not ready to give him minutes at this point." Two years ago Walters was a starter. Today he is still trying to earn minutes. A concussion followed by a bout of mono, have really set the fifth year senior back. His conditioning suffered thanks to the illness and missed practices have affected his development.

"I don't know what he did two years ago," O'Neill admitted. :I was in the NBA, I didn't watch many college games."

Although the Cats would love to be able to use the big man, right now he has not shown enough in practice to warrant playing time. Although that could change, as for now Walters has a lot to prove.

"Kirk is a guy in practice that plays two or three good minutes," O'Neill added. "We need to keep building him up and building him up, throw him in there and see what he can do."

As of now, neither player factors into things, leaving the Wildcats thin on the frontline and looking to use a smaller line-up to compensate.

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