Wichita State’s injury problems are causing coach Gregg Marshall to consider playing Derail Green or Zach Bush, freshmen who are redshirting. The change hasn’t moved past the discussion stage.
“We’ve had conversations with both of them,” Marshall said. “At this point I’m not going to burn a redshirt for either one of them unless they’re really gung-ho about it, and I’m not asking them to do that.”
Green is a 6-foot-7 forward from Houston. Bush is a 6-6 forward from Goddard Eisenhower. Until recently, Marshall thought the circumstances of Bush’s move to WSU prohibited him from playing this season. Bush signed with Washburn last spring before changing his mind over the summer. Washburn released him from his letter of intent in late August.
WSU is down to nine healthy players. The only one who could return soon is guard Evan Wessel, who is out with a broken pinky finger.
Wessel must see if he can play with the injury, or he will face surgery that would likely sideline him 4-6 weeks. He will not play Thursday. WSU has looked into Wessel’s possibility for a medical hardship. He can play in no more than 30 percent of WSU’s 32 games. Wessel, who has played in eight, could use two games to test his ability to play with the pain and inconvenience of the broken pinky.