The star-studded Guyer boys basketball team will be down one of its best players as sophomore Jalen Wilson will miss the next 4-6 weeks of action with a stress fracture in his foot.
The absence begins tonight, as the Wildcats’ second-leading scorer will miss Guyer’s game at Flower Mound Marcus.
Guyer head coach Grant Long said Wilson had some pain in his foot after the Wildcats’ season-opener in which he scored 22 points, and the pain got worse after last week’s win, when he scored 11 points.
“I think the new shoes he’s wearing might have had something to do with it,” Long said. “The way he was running was hurting him, but he got some custom inserts from a doctor that hopefully will help him when he gets back.”
Long said he hopes to have Wilson, who has offers from Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, back in the lineup for the Wildcats’ District 6-6A opener against fellow district favorite Allen on Jan. 3
On the plus side for Guyer (1-1), the Wildcats get senior three-year starter Jake Roberts back in the lineup on Tuesday night to add a much-needed threat as the team’s top outside shooter. He had been nursing an ankle injury since the season began.
“We’re definitely thankful for that,” Long said. “He brings us that outside shooter that is tough to handle with our inside-outside presence. We can’t wait to be full strength [when Wilson returns], but we’ll take this as a positive with other guys that are new to our team having a chance to build that chemistry and get good playing time.”
That most notably means more minutes for 6-6 freshman forward JaKobe Coles, who scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds with four blocked shots in Guyer’s win last week over Dallas Madison.
“We never want to be missing a guy, but we have to find a positive out of it and we’re deep enough for another guy to step up and pick him up,” Long said. “We know the biggest part of the season is district time and playoff time, and that’s the time we want to be our best.”