UNLV freshman forward Anthony Bennett, who left Saturday’s 65-42 victory at Wyoming after four minutes complaining of a sore left shoulder, is suffering from a nerve injury called “brachial neuritis” according to trainer Dave Tomchek.
“It’s inflammation of the nerve group coming off the neck down to the shoulder,” Tomchek said. “We’ve MRIs, we’ve done ultra-sounds. We’ve determined right now that there is no structural damage in the shoulder. … It’s going to be a day-to-day situation for him.”
Tomchek said the illness, which he called “very rare”, can last anywhere from two weeks to 18 months.
Bennett worked out on a side court with Tomchek during practice Wednesday at the Mendenhall Center and didn’t appear to be any pain. Head coach Dave Rice called him “probable” for Saturday afternoon’s game at Nevada but said a lot depends if Bennett can practice and if the pain subsides.
Bennett, who averages a team-best 17 points and 8.4 rebounds per game and is considered a likely NBA lottery pick come June, wasn’t allowed to speak to the media.
Check out the video below for Tomchek’s complete press conference as well as comments from Rice.