Will Cherry, the Big Sky's leading returning scorer and top perimeter defender, will be sidelined 10 to 12 weeks with a broken foot suffered in during pickup game, a source told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday morning. CBSSports.com first reported the story earlier Wednesday.
Montana is hopeful Cherry will return by mid-December and be at full strength in time for the start of Big Sky play against Northern Arizona on Dec. 19. The Grizzlies expect the 6-foot-2 senior's injury will heal naturally via rest, but surgery remains a possibility.
The loss of Cherry comes at a time when Montana is also preparing to be without one of its top big men, 6-foot-11 junior college transfer Marko Kovacevic.
Kovacevic, a potential replacement for graduated center Derek Selvig, has been ruled academically ineligible next season because he did not achieve a high enough grade in a math class he took at Western Nebraska Community College, a source said. Montana is appealing the ruling and hopes to receive definitive word from the NCAA sometime next month.
In some ways, Montana is better equipped to deal with the absence of Cherry for a month than potentially not having Kovacevic for the season.Read More »from Montana star Will Cherry sidelined until mid-December with broken foot