Penn State sophomore forward Mike Watkins will miss the remainder of the NIT Tournament with a right knee injury.
According to a report by 247Sports’ Andrew Callahan on Monday, Watkins’ season is over, as the knee injury will keep him sidelined no matter how far the Nittany Lions go in the tournament.
“We want to take our time,” Penn State coach Pat Chambers said of Watkins’ injury. “I don’t want to put him in jeopardy. It’s just the right thing to do for his future, our future and his career.”
In addition, the report notes that sophomore guard Nazeer Bostick will be a game-time decision on Tuesday for Penn State’s matchup with Marquette in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Bostick was suspended for a violation of team rules as a result of being charged with a misdemeanor possession of marijuana on Thursday.
“We’ll determine that tomorrow,” Chambers said in the article about Bostick. “That’ll be a game-time decision.”
Watkins has been out with his knee injury since Feb. 21. He averaged 12.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game in this season for the Nittany Lions.
Bostick did not play in Penn State’s 73-63 win over Notre Dame on Saturday. This season, he is averaging 4.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 17.4 minutes per game.
Penn State and Marquette will tip off at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday on ESPN.