The Razorback backcourt took a hit Sunday when it was announced that freshman guard Khalen “KK” Robinson would miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury. Robinson received a foot surgery that will keep the Arkansas freshman out for the season.
Arkansas Freshman Out for the Season
Even when the player isn’t a starter, you never want to see a kid get taken away from the game they love. KK Robinson is one of those players that’s just tough. The Little Rock guys usually are. For that reason, it makes sense that KK would just do his best to play through the injury. Sometimes it works itself out, but other times it goes the other way.
“We’ll just wait for the doctors to make it formal, what’s going to be the next step,” Musselman said. Coach Musselman led us to believe that Robinson had been dealing with this injury since the Red-White game in Barnhill Arena this fall.
Robinson had last been seen playing against Tennessee last Wednesday but left the court five minutes into the game. He has struggled to make an impact on the floor this year, playing an average of 8 minutes per game. He has scored a total of 29 points and 11 assists this season through 11 games.
With the Arkansas freshman out for the season, more weight will be put on the shoulders of fellow freshman guard Devo Davis, who has started to become more comfortable since arriving on campus this summer.
Other Notable Injuries for the Hogs
KK is not the only Razorback to be bitten by the injury bug this season. Graduate transfer Justin Smith rolled his ankle in the game against Auburn on December 30th and is expected to miss another 2-3 weeks due to the injury. Smith had surgery on the ankle days after the Auburn game.
The loss of Smith is much more impactful for the Hoop Hogs when it comes to rebounding, and Coach Musselman will need to rely on 7’3 center Connor Vanover and graduate transfer Vance Jackson to fill the void.
While that seems like a real blow, there is a silver lining in the injury. With Smith off the floor, it will give guys like Jackson, Vanover, and possibly Ethan Henderson the chance to step up and get some valuable experience and playing time heading into the tough stretch of conference play.
The Hogs are currently 10-2 overall, and 2-2 in conference play after a 99-69 win over Georgia in Fayetteville on Saturday. They play in Baton Rouge against LSU Wednesday at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
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