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OSU Basketball’s Avery Anderson, Second-Leading Scorer, Out Indefinitely with Wrist Injury

Anderson’s injury requires surgery.



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STILLWATER — The Cowboys will be without their most dynamic ball-handler for the foreseeable future.

Avery Anderson, the team’s second-leading scorer and leading assist man, is scheduled to have surgery on his left wrist on Wednesday and is out indefinitely, Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said Monday. There is still a chance for Anderson to come back this season, but there is no timetable on a return as of yet. Anderson wrote in an Instagram post that he “can’t finish out” his senior season.

Anderson has averaged 11.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists this season. The points and rebounds averages are tops among OSU guards.

“He’s disappointed, but we’re encouraged that the surgery is going to be something that’s — I don’t know if there’s such thing as minor surgery, surgery is surgery — but it’s not a knee,” Boynton said. “It’s his off-hand. It’s something that he’s going to be able to recover from and be able to play again, most importantly. We don’t know the timetable on return, so we’ll see kinda how that goes and kinda go from there.”

Anderson suffered the injury against Texas on Jan. 7 before reaggravating the injury Wednesday against Oklahoma. Anderson didn’t play in OSU’s 79-73 victory against TCU on Saturday. Anderson has played 27.9 minutes a game. Expect Asberry, Chris Harris and Quion Williams to increase in minutes in Anderson’s absence.

Anderson’s absence Saturday moved Texas State transfer Caleb Asberry into OSU’s starting lineup. Asberry had his best game as a Cowboy, scoring 19 points. John-Michael Wright and Bryce Thompson will see an increase in ball-handling duties without Anderson. Wright averages 1.7 assists this season and Thompson averages 2.4.

Anderson was named the Big 12 Player of the Week Jan. 23 and had played well as of late, averaging 13 points and 4.5 assists a game across the Cowboys’ past six.

“Man I don’t know where to start,” Anderson wrote in an Instagram post. “I want to first say I appreciate the whole Cowboy fan base for supporting me since I was a freshman. I’m so blessed to have played in front of some of the best fans in the world. To my teammates and the coaching staff, we still got work to do! Some still don’t believe in us but they will. I’m sad I can’t finish out my senior year with my guys due to a wrist injury, but I know god has a better plan for yo boy!”

Oklahoma State hosts Texas Tech at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

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