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.