Obi Muonelo Out With Broken Ankle

Obi Muonelo, the first-year freshman who became the first frosh in school history to record double figure points in the first eight games of his Oklahoma State career, suffered a broken left ankle during practice Saturday and will miss the remainder of the 2006-07 season, his older brother Ike Muonelo told GoPokes.com on Sunday afternoon.

The 6-foot-5 freshman from Edmond, Okla., was averaging 11.1 points and 4.1 rebounds for the 15th-ranked Cowboys, 11-0 entering Monday night's game against Tennessee in Nashville.

Muonelo, according to his brother Ike Muonelo, slipped on a wet spot on the court during practice Saturday and broke his left ankle. "For all we know he just turned it in an awkward way as he fell," said Ike.

Muonelo underwent surgery Sunday morning at Stillwater Medical Center and was recovering when we spoke with Ike. "He's taking it pretty hard," said Ike. "Him being a freshman, it's been pretty hard for him so far. But I think he understands the bigger picture and he'll be OK in the long run."

Ike Muonelo said doctors told the family that it will be six weeks before Obi can walk on the ankle, and another two weeks before he can begin doing anything. "He pretty much said it will be two and a half months before we'll be able to do anything on it at all," said Ike, who said his younger brother will be kept at Stillwater Medical Center overnight and could be released as early as Monday to return to his home in Edmond, Okla.

Muonelo is just the fifth player in the last 30 seasons of Cowboy basketball to score at least 15 points in his college debut – he scored 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 4-of-6 from three-point range, in OSU's season-opening win over Florida Atlantic.

Depth and injuries have been a major concern for Cowboy head coach Sean Sutton since the team has just nine scholarship players, and one of those is former walk-on Tyler Hatch. Muonelo was averaging 23.2 minutes per game – sixth on the team – and was third on the squad with his 11.1-points per game average.

Of course, Munoelo did not accompany the team when it left early Sunday morning for Monday night's nationally televised game with Tennessee (7-2) in Nashville, Tenn. Oklahoma State plays second-ranked Pittsburgh (10-1) in the O'Reilly All-College Classic Thursday night in Oklahoma City. Tip-off against the Panthers is 6 p.m. (Central time)

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