It wouldn’t be a Virginia basketball season without a couple early-season injuries.
And it certainly wouldn’t be if one of those injuries didn’t involve a foot.
During media day on Wednesday, Virginia coach Tony Bennett said that sophomore point guard London Perrantes “jarred his foot” right before start of official practice on Oct. 3 and hasn’t practiced since.
Perrantes joins Anthony Gill, Malcolm Brogdon, Joe Harris and Mike Scott on a long list of current and former UVa players who have suffered foot injuries. Gill revealed that he suffered “a little stress fracture” in his right foot over the summer but is fine now.
Bennett, though, didn’t seem overly concerned with Perrantes’ injury.
“Obviously, he’s a pretty important piece to the team,” Bennett said, “but in some ways that’s been good because it’s forced guys to take bigger roles.”
Bennett said Perrantes had enjoyed a very good offseason prior to the injury.
“I think he’s a little stronger and more explosive,” Bennett said, “and he brings that steady hand to our team that will certainly be important as we get into competition.”
Perrantes, a First-Team All-ACC Freshman team selection last year, was vague when asked how long he thought he could be sidelined.
The other Virginia player who has been banged up is freshman wing Marial Shayok.
Shayok pulled his hamstring at the beginning of summer, then had an arthroscopic procedure on his knee a short time later, according to Bennett.
“He didn’t get to do too much this fall, but when we started official practice he’s been able [to do everything],” Bennett said. “I think he’s missed some of the conditioning and the fundamental skill work, but he has been practicing.”
Nolte to sit out opener
Virginia junior Evan Nolte, who was arrested over the summer for being drunk in public, revealed that he has been suspended for the team’s first regular-season game at James Madison on Nov. 14.
“It happened and [I take] full responsibility — it’s my fault,” said Nolte, when asked about the incident. “It’s something that I’ve learned from. I’ve apologized to the people who I’ve affected and I’m just really committed to making better decisions and learning from the mistake.”
Anderson hits his mark
Just last month, Virginia junior Justin Anderson told The Daily Progress that he had finished the 2013-14 season weighing 240 pounds and that, at the suggestion of the coaching staff, was shooting to get down to 225 by the start of the season.
On Wednesday, a noticeably trimmer Anderson said he currently tips the scales at 225.
“Just the way it feels, I even want to go down more I think by the time the season starts,” Anderson said. “I want to try and get down to 220 if I can because it just feels good and I think it will help my longevity for my career.”
Learning experience for Atkins
Darion Atkins, the lone senior on this year’s team, said he “regrets” speaking out about his lack of playing time to a reporter during last season’s NCAA Tournament run.
“I think my words were twisted, and I was going through a really tough time and my head wasn’t necessarily in the right place,” Atkins said. “It’s definitely something I can learn from. I hope nobody necessarily took it the wrong way.”
Atkins said he talked with Bennett immediately after the incident, which occurred in Raleigh just prior to the team’s win over Memphis.
“He knew where I was coming from and it wasn’t necessarily that big of a deal,” Atkins said, “but for everyone else — like Virginia fans and stuff like that — it kind of got blown out of proportion...
“But it’s all good.”
Bennett’s sweet tooth
Bennett joked about the good vibes around Charlottesville following Virginia’s success last season.
“I really enjoyed the free desserts that I’ve gotten at the restaurants,” he said, smiling. “That’s been the best thing I think.”