Ehimen Orukpe on the mend

Wichita State center Ehimen Orukpe didn’t practice Friday. He remains slowed by a sprained right ankle.

“Not looking great right now,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said. “He’s still getting treatment from (trainer Todd Fagan).”

There seems to be little point in playing him in Sunday’s game at Air Force. The Falcons will run a lot, shoot three-pointers and play a Princeton-style offense (lots of motion, backdoor cuts, four players on the perimeter) in the half court. Center Taylor Broekhuis has made 6 of 9 threes. Guarding shooters on the perimeter isn’t Orukpe’s strength, so this is likely a game that doesn’t fit him. After Sunday, WSU plays again on Dec. 8, against Northern Colorado, giving him more time to heal.

Orukpe is making progress, walking better and moving around in practice without a walking boot.

WSU’s other injury/illness concerns from Wednesday’s win over Tulsa are diminishing.

“Everybody else seems good,” Marshall said.