BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Three weeks out from the start of the season, the UB Bulls got some not so good news. Senior Blake Hamilton suffered a broken bone in his hand and will miss the beginining of the year. If there is a silver lining to the injury, Hamilton’s injury is to his non shooting hand.
“He will be back. Good news, he will be back,” sophomore guard CJ Massinburg said. “For me that brings a bigger role on me, Blake was going to account for about 16 points and 9 rebounds so I have to account for some of those points and being the leader out there because he was our leader. Other guys have to step up and contribute.”
“You know what it does? It gives guys a chance to play a lot of minutes because he is going to play a lot of minutes when he is healthy,” said head coach Nate Oats. “Gives guys a lot of chances to play in practice, in scrimmages and exhibitions and games that he can’t play. Hopefully it will help our depth and help some guys get into it a little big more and Blake will come back and we will have to figure out the rotation when he gets back.”
There will be plenty of players vying for that playing time as five freshman join Nate Oats squad.
“You are going to see a lot of play making and getting people open shots and bringing that championship home,” said freshman Davonta Jordan.
Hamilton will be back in time for conference play and that is when the Bulls will need him most as they look to capture their third MAC Championship in as many years.