FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Sophomore power forward Marshawn Powell of the University of Arkansas men’s basketball team has a broken bone in his left foot and is expected to miss 7-8 weeks allowing him to return to the court prior to the start of fall practices on Oct. 15.
Powell, a 6-7 forward from Newport News, Va., suffered the injury while playing a game of pickup basketball in his hometown. Following an examination by Arkansas team doctors it was determined that Powell would not need surgery to repair the break and that the bone should heal properly on its own.
"Marshawn is a big part of our program," Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey said. "We are looking forward to him being as good as he was a year ago. Injuries are a part of the game and he suffered this while playing. We have the best staff in the country to help him return to the court and I don’t anticipate this affecting his season."
Last season Powell led the Razorbacks with 6.7 rebounds per game and was third in scoring at 14.9 points. He earned third-team Freshman All-America honors by Rivals.com and was one of four unanimous first-team All-SEC players by the league coaches. Over the summer, Powell participated in a pair of elite camps for college players including the Kevin Durrant and LeBron James Skills Academies.
This is the second time in as many years that Powell suffered an injury prior to the start of the season playing in a pickup game. In 2009 he broke his left hand and returned to the court prior to the start of practice.