Saint Joseph’s Lamarr Kimble out for the rest of the season
Saint Joseph’s basketball star Lamarr Kimble will miss the rest of the season after sustaining a fracture in his left foot during the Hawks’ loss to Massachusetts on Saturday. Kimble fractured the fifth metatarsal in his foot. He will require surgery and two months of recovery.
The sophomore point guard leads Saint Joseph’s in scoring 15.5 points a game, as well as assists with 4.5 a game. He scored double figures in 19 games, with five of 20 points or more.
This is the second season-ending injury to a Hawks’ leading scorer and point guard as junior Shavar Newkirk suffered a torn ACL on December 30 after leading Saint Joseph’s with a career-best 20.3 scoring average. Kimble is also the fourth Saint Joseph’s player to be sidelined for the year as sophomore Pierfrancesco Oliva was declared out for the year in June because of a chronic knee condition that required surgery. Freshman forward Lorenzo Edwards underwent shoulder surgery in December because of a recurring injury.
Junior forward James Demery missed 10 games after suffering a stress fracture in his foot in the season opener. Demery has since returned to average 13.2 points a game.
“We’re obviously disappointed for ‘Fresh’,” said Saint Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli in a statement. “We’ll certainly miss his on the court skills and do expect, as Shavar has done, that he will continue to be prominent in a leadership role. Speaking for the program, we’re all disappointed but not discouraged. Our challenge now is to exemplify ‘the Hawk will never die’ spirit,”
Saint Joseph’s (10-14 overall, 3-9 A-10) now has 13 healthy players, with nine on scholarship. The Hawks will face VCU on the road Tuesday night, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. (CBS Sports Network).