The word "injury" was something of a taboo among Seton Hall fans and even media over the course of the season thus far. You could say the word, but be sure to knock on wood shortly after.
Kevin Willard's roster, which has been notably injury-plagued roster over recent seasons, had yet to encounter the injury bug this campaign outside of a groin strain that has kept Stephane Manga out for the last three games. That luck has run its course with the news that star freshman guard Isaiah Whitehead has suffered a stress fracture and will be out for a few weeks. Whitehead is averaging 11.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, and 3.4 for the Pirates.
Stress Fracture Out For A Few Weeks But I Know & Believe My Team Will Do Great Without Me Can't Wait To Get Back On The Court #SHBB— Isaiah Whitehead (@Isaiah_W15) December 24, 2014
The type of stress fracture (presumably one in his foot), is not yet known, nor is the exact recovery time. From what I've gathered, stress fractures in the foot generally require about 6-8 weeks of recovery time, or until pain subsides. It's tough to determine how many games Whitehead will miss, but Seton Hall will play 11 times over the next six weeks.
UPDATE (12/24, 6:30 pm): Per a Seton Hall release, the stress fracture is of the second and third metatarsal bones in Whitehead's foot and was picked up via MRI earlier today. The injury was caught early in its development and Seton Hall says Whitehead's foot will be evaluated weekly.
"We are glad that we caught this injury early," said Kevin Willard in the release. "We have outstanding doctors who will monitor Isaiah's progress, and we look forward to having a healthy Isaiah back on the court as soon as possible."
The talent that will be temporarily lost is significant, but it also gives a huge opportunity to freshman guard Khadeen Carrington (6.7 ppg), who has impressed in brief stretches this season. Carrington will likely share the rock with Sterling Gibbs at point guard or fill in for him off the bench. If Willard opts for a more conventional two-guard lineup, Desi Rodriguez will be sure to get more time at the three.
Seton Hall hosts a weak Maine team on the 27th before diving head first into their Big East schedule with No. 17 St. John's, No. 7 Villanova, and a road trip to Xavier and Creighton.
We will update on Isaiah's status as information comes in.