STORRS, Conn. -- Sid Wilson is a game-time decision for UConn men's basketball's game against Tulane on Saturday, head coach Dan Hurley said after practice on Friday. The redshirt freshman forward has missed the last two days of practice with ankle and thumb injuries.
Wilson has seen action in 12 games this season, all off the bench, averaging 14.8 minutes per game. After missing the first six games of the year due to a suspension, Wilson has struggled to find a rhythm on offense, averaging just 3.1 points per game while only hitting 2-12 three-pointers. However, he has been strong defensively, blocking 13 shots and grabbing 2.8 rebounds per game. If Wilson can't go, Isaiah Whaley will likely see an increase in minutes, according to Hurley.
"Isaiah's chomping at the bit and that draws him into the mix more," the coach said.
Also on the injury front, Hurley said there's a chance that Mamadou Diarra could make his season debut against Tulane. The redshirt freshman forward has missed the entire season up to this point because of a torn meniscus suffered back in June.
While Diarra is getting closer, Hurley said Friday's session was the most Diarra has practiced all season and it's more likely he returns a week from Saturday against Wichita State.
"There's a big difference between two line layups and getting out, hedging a ball screen and having to sprint back, play post defense, box out, sprint," Hurley said. "There's a lot more concern about making sure he's ready because he's had such a rough history with his knee health. Both short term, long term, we just want to make sure he's not putting himself in a position where he's more susceptible to injury."
Knee issues have plagued Diarra throughout his collegiate career. He redshirted his true freshman season due to patellofemoral syndrome, which thins cartilage in the knee and causes chronic swelling and soreness. In his redshirt freshman season last year, Diarra played in 31 games - more than anyone on the team - including five starts. He averaged 2.7 points and 2.5 rebounds in 10.1 minutes per game.
If and when Diarra does return, he will add much-needed post presence to a team that only has two true post players in Josh Carlton and Eric Cobb after grad transfer Kassoum Yakwe went down for the season with a foot injury.