Youngsters still shelved


They will return, but the question is when?

It remains the on-going question for Kansas State's freshmen Dez Willingham and Cartier Martin.

Willingham, a 5-11, 170-pounder, has missed the last five games in which the Wildcats have gone 1-4.

Benched with a shoulder injury for the last month, coach Jim Wooldridge said that Willingham would be tested in practice this week to see how he responds.

"We'll just see if we can play him this week, or the next week, or the week after that," said Wooldridge.

With extreme quickness, Willingham had averaged 5.8 points and better than three assists per game while averaging 20 minutes of playing time in the first eight games.

Willingham had a season-high of 13 points against Birmingham-Southern.

Martin suffered an ankle injury in the closing minutes of the Saint Louis game, and has missed the last three Wildcat outings.

The 6-8, 215-pound wing player had averaged 9.9 points per game, which included outing of 19 points against Saint Louis and 11 against Bethune-Cookman just prior to the injury.

Wooldridge indicated that it would be "the next couple weeks," before Martin would return.

Martin missed the first three games of the year due to an NCAA eligibility issue.

Of both players, Wooldridge said, "We think they can help our club. There's no question that not having them has hurt our club. The two injuries impacted how we have played, but that's the way it goes. We have to fight through that."

Kansas State next puts its 0-2 and 8-5 record on the line Wednesday in a 7 p.m. start against Texas A&M in Bramlage Coliseum.

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