Coach Ken McDonald said New Orleans guard Billy Humphrey may be to the Privateers as junior forward Sergio Kerusch is to the Toppers.
Humphrey, who averages 17.2 points per game, tweaked his knee playing against Southern Mississippi on Dec. 21 and missed a pair of games that followed. Upon his return, the Privateers’ leading scorer again injured his knee and hasn’t played since.
Humphrey had arthroscopic surgery on his knee before the season — the source of the re-injuries — but he’s is slated to return this Thursday when Western plays New Orleans in the opening round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
And Head Coach Ken McDonald is in a familiar situation heading into the game after getting Kerusch back from a right foot injury in February.
“I think all you’ve got to do is look at our team,” McDonald said. “Losing Sergio, you had 15-18 points on the board. That’s important.
“(Humphrey) has a lot of energy at the guard position. He can score. He can really stretch the defense because he can shoot the ball.”
New Orleans, which moves from Division I to Division III this July, is making its final trip to the Sun Belt Tournament.