Earlier today Syracuse basketball’s twitter announced that Robert Braswell will sit out the rest of the season.
According to Syracuse.com, Braswell has dealt with shin pains since high school when he was a state high jump champion in South Carolina. Jim Boeheim said that Braswell is unable to play at full speed due to the injury.
So far this season Braswell has suited up in seven games. If he plays more than 30 percent of SU’s games, he would not be eligible for a medical redshirt.
Braswell hasn’t been a major contributor to the team this season, and part of the reason could be due to the injury. The sophomore is averaging just 1.7 points per game and one rebound per outing. But he has shown to be a solid three-point shooter, and maybe the best big man shooter from deep. He only attempted six threes, but he hit four of them. For comparison, Marek Dolezaj has played 374 more minutes than Braswell and has taken the same amount of threes, hitting just one. Quincy Guerrier is just 2-17 from behind the arc.
When addressing how Braswell could recover, Jim Boeheim said, “the best option is to take some time away and try to get rested, try to do some physical therapy things that would help him,” per Syracuse.com.
With Braswell sidelined for the rest of the season, SU needs more consistency from Guerrier. The talented freshman has showcased his potential, but is still learning to be a factor game-to-game. His biggest issue is how often he fouls. Against Notre Dame Guerrier committed four fouls in 18 minutes. He has been relied on to spell Dolezaj. If he’s in foul trouble, there is no other power forward to turn too.
While this is a blow to Syracuse this season – albeit a relatively minor one – it is in the best interest of Braswell long term. He is a talented player who hasn’t had the opportunity to showcase his skill due to this injury. If he can fully recover from this injury, he could become a key player for Syracuse next season. He has the talent. Now SU must wait to see what he can do once healthy.