Back at Big 12 Media Day, in those halcyon days when we thought Kansas State, and not Kansas, was the Big 12 favorite this season, Missouri coach Mike Anderson spent much of his day talking about his freshmen. One of those freshmen, Phil Pressey, drew more questions than most.
It's easy to see why: Pressey was the No. 9-ranked point guard in the 2010 class, was hailed as a lighting-quick player on both ends of the floor, was joining a team and a style of play that demands speed in every facet of the game. It seemed like a perfect fit. By the time Pressey's Missouri career is over, it probably will be.
In his freshman season, though, Pressey has struggled to make an impact, playing limited minutes off the bench behind veteran guards Marcus Denmon and Michael Dixon. Pressey got his chance to shine after Dixon was suspended last week for a violation of team rules, and his 15-point, 11-assist performance against Central Arkansas hinted at the sort of ability that makes him the prototypical Mizzou guard.
And ... now he's injured. Ugh. Per the AP, Pressey injured his right ring finger in practice this week and will be sidelined for at least two weeks while he recovers. The injury isn't anywhere near the extreme end of the Robbie Hummel Memorial Injury Devastato-meter -- two weeks is just two weeks, after all -- but it is poorly timed. With Dixon suspended, Pressey had a chance to make his mark on the Tigers' attack in Wednesday's huge match up with Illinois. Now he'll be on the sideline. And, depending on Dixon's status, that could leave the Tigers shorthanded.
So, yeah. Not devastating. But not exactly fun -- for Pressey, Anderson, or Mizzou fans -- either.