St. John's senior forward Justin Burrell will miss 4-5 weeks of action after breaking a bone in his left hand during a drill at the end of practice on Friday.
Burrell was examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan on Monday, and it was determined that he does not need surgery. Burrell could return to the court by early to mid-November.
"It's unfortunate for an athlete to begin his senior season with an injury, but the result turned out better than we anticipated," said St. John's coach Steve Lavin in a statement. "Justin has worked extremely hard this offseason to prepare himself for an outstanding senior year. Our staff has been impressed with the maturity and poise he has shown in responding to this setback. We're looking forward to monitoring his progress over the next few weeks."
Burrell averaged 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game for the Red Storm last season.