Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior Demetris Morant will miss three to four months after suffering a stress fracture and undergoing surgery on his right shin last Friday, the school announced.
Morant, a transfer from UNLV, lead the Eagles in blocks last season with 42 and put together one of his best performances of the year against Stetson on Feb. 7, recording 9 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 blocks. He could begin basketball activites in 4-6 weeks and could return to the floor as soon as late December.
"This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done," said head coach Joe Dooley in the release. "We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It's an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they'll get the job done."
One of the players expected to fill the void is newcome Kevin Mickle, a transfer from Broward College. The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 13.6 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in JUCO. The strong and active big man has the ability to be a huge presence in the paint during Morant's departure.
Mickle joins Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin in what looks to be a sparse front court, for at least the beginning of the season. In addition to Morant's turn, FGCU also is waiting for VCU transfer Antravious Simmons to become eligible following the fall semester.