Jordan Henriquez has been suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team, Kansas State head coach Frank Martin said on Thursday night.
“He is a fine young man,” Martin said. “He needs to refocus on the positive things that he has done here for two years. He needs a moment away so he can regain the vision that he had when he came here.”
Martin said Henriquez, a 7-foot junior, will not practice with the team until the suspension is lifted.
“He is like me and everyone else at that age,” he said. “He is at a moment where he lost sense of what is expected of him on a daily basis. He just needs to regroup. He and I will visit next week, make decisions and go forward from there.”
Over the last two games, Henriquez had combined to play just 16 minutes, scored just two points, had two rebounds, zero assists and four turnovers.
On the season, he is averaging 7.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game and leads the team with 39 blocks, 27 more than the next closest guy on the team.
The suspension leaves K-State with essentially three scholarship big men, with senior Jamar Samuels leading the way. The Wildcats will have to look to a pair of freshmen in Thomas Gipson and Adrian Diaz to step up and try to fill the current void left by Henriquez.
“Every post has to step it up,” Gipson said. “We always have to step it up from the beginning, no matter what happens. We must stay positive and stick together. No matter what is going on, he is still a part of this team.”