Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Injury to sideline Judge?
By Matt Giles
Wally Judge hasn't impacted Rutgers in the way that was expected when the forward announced he would transfer from Kansas State to Mike Rice's program. Judge only attempts roughly 19 percent of Rutgers' shots, per Ken Pomeroy, and while he has been a force on the glass, there was a thought that Judge could catapult the Scarlet Knights into the upper tier of the Big East.
During a loss to Connecticut this past weekend, Judge came up lame after a play, and confirmed to Matt Sugam of SNY that he is suffering from jumpers knee, a physical liability that could affect him for the rest of the season. According to Judge, the only way to rehab the injury is to rest, and though Kadeem Jack has played well of late, Rice and his staff need Judge on the court; the junior does concede, "Even on days off I get shots up and things like that, but I guess my days off I really got to take advantage and cater to the knee."
It is worth monitoring if Judge will hindered severely by this injury, or if he will continue to log heavy minutes despite the limitation. The big uses nearly 60 percent of RU's available minutes, the most of any squad's frontcourt members.