With two players sitting out after transferring and freshman DeAndre Burnett sidelined with a pre-season wrist injury, depth has been an issue for the Miami Hurricanes basketball team all season.
Things got a little worse over the weekend.
During the second half of Miami's 64-52 loss to No. 2 Syracuse on Saturday, forward James Kelly came down on another player and injured his ankle. He was helped off the floor and on Monday, Miami coach Jim Larrañaga confirmed the Hurricanes will be without Kelly on Wednesday when they travel to Maryland. Larrañaga added he's unsure if Kelly will be available for Miami's game Saturday against Norfolk State.
Kelly, a junior, tweeted on Monday that he underwent x-rays and "thank god it's not broken, just a horrible sprain. Be back soon."
James has been averaging 7.7 points and 4.4 rebounds in 22.3 minutes and Larrañaga said he expects senior forwards Erik Swoope and Raphael Akpejiori to take on bigger roles while Kelly is out.
Neither has seen more than 200 minutes of action this season.
"It adds more responsibility to Erik Swoope's role and Raphael Akpejiori's role," Larrañaga said. "Each of those guys has played...and Erik has been playing more at the 3 recently because of our lack of rebounding. We tried to get a little bigger with him at the three. That will move him to the four spot."