N.C. State followers will have to wait and see if sophomore heart Manny Bates will play against Clemson on Tuesday.
Bates solely performed six minutes within the Wolfpack’s 79-76 win over Boston College final week. In the primary half, Bates left with an undisclosed lower-body damage after banging into an Eagles’ participant.
Bates went to the locker room briefly, then returned to the bench space, strolling again and forth, to take a look at out the leg. He got here out after halftime and tried to give it a go, however didn’t play in any respect within the second half. After the sport, head coach Kevin Keatts mentioned that was extra of a precaution and Bates could be evaluated the subsequent day. On Monday, Keatts advised members of the media that Bates’ MRI and scans had been clear, however nonetheless didn’t know on the time if Bates would play against the Tigers (8-1).
“He’ll be a game-time decision,” Keatts mentioned. “We’ve been very careful with him the last few days.”
N.C. State (6-1) was again within the gymnasium over the weekend performing some particular person exercises earlier than resuming apply. According to Keatts, Bates has completed some particular person work that didn’t require a lot contact.
Manny Bates’ sophomore season to date
Bates (6-11, 230) has been having a stellar sophomore yr to date. He got here into the season identified for his prowess on the defensive finish of the ground, however is averaging nearly 10 factors per recreation for N.C. State. Bates has scored in double figures 4 occasions this yr, together with three straight heading into the sport versus Boston College. His first two made baskets in that recreation had been simple dunks, however these had been the one two discipline targets Bates tried earlier than leaving.
Keatts lastly had his different huge man, the 6-10, 225-pound redshirt senior ahead D.J. Funderburk within the rotation against Boston College after lacking two video games due to contact tracing. He picked up the slack, scoring a season-high 21 factors to lead the group. Bates’ will likely be most notably missed on protection if he’s out against Clemson.
“We’re a very different team when he’s on the floor because he’s starting to score offensively,” Keatts mentioned about Bates. “But a lot of baskets around the rim he’s either blocking those shots or altering those shots. It changes who we are with him not on the floor. Hopefully, we will see where he’s at.”
DJ Funderburk again for the Pack
Even with the detrimental take a look at outcomes, Keatts mentioned Bates was extraordinarily sore, including the damage was “more of a hyper extension of his knee.”
Keatts will consider Bates after N.C. State’s shoot round Tuesday morning in South Carolina. Having Funderburk again will hopefully ease the burden within the put up against the Tigers. Funderburk got here off the bench against the Eagles and shot 8-10 from the ground in half-hour, his first motion since Dec. 3.
“It seems like right now we can be trading those guys (Funderburk and Bates) off at times,” Keatts mentioned. “Certainly when you get a guy who’s a senior who has played in this league for a couple of years, for him to come back and to play the way he did, which we needed, it says a lot about D.J.”
NC State at Clemson
WHEN: 7 p.m., Tuesday
WHERE: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, South Carolina
WATCH: ACC Network