#23 Kansas State vs Oklahoma State, Nigel Shadd

Kansas State forward Nigel Shadd (45) dunks the ball late in the fourth quarter of last season's game against Oklahoma State at Bramlage Coliseum. Shadd is sidelined with an injury, but head coach Bruce Weber hopes he could return later this month.

Kansas State will continue to play without a pair of reserve forwards for at least the next few weeks.

Fourth-year junior James Love III and third-year sophomore Nigel Shadd missed both of the Wildcats’ preseason exhibitions. And they won’t be available for Tuesday’s regular-season opener against North Dakota State, either.

During a press conference Monday, Weber said he feels more optimistic about Shadd than Love.

“Nigel’s probably (going to be back) a little quicker than James,” Weber said. “I’m hoping sometime, I would say, late November, early December for Nigel.”

The best-case scenario for Love, Weber said, is for him to be back on the floor just before Christmas.

“James probably (could return by) middle of December or a little later,” Weber said. “We’ll just see.”

Neither player ever has been a major contributor for the Wildcats.

Ironically, their stats are nearly identical.

In two seasons, Love has scored a total of 16 points, appearing in 34 games and averaging 3.5 minutes per contest. Love missed his entire freshman campaign in 2016-17 after breaking his foot.

In 21 games, spread over the course of the past seasons, Shadd has scored 11 points. Shadd appeared in eight games as a freshman in 2017-18 before missing the rest of the season with a knee injury.

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