Lat Mayen can’t catch a break. After redshirting in his first year on campus because of injury, the redshirt freshman will finish his second year on the shelf as well, as it was announced Saturday after the Oklahoma game that his season was over.
Mayen, whose playing time had fluctuated as his health issues persisted, was averaging just under eight minutes per game with a season-high of 26 against West Virginia. A good shooter, he had yet to find his rhythm this season, connecting on just seven of his 20 attempts, but hit a handful of big shots when the opportunity presented itself.
The fifth player to be out for the year, Mayen follows Angus McWilliams (concussion issues followed by an announced transfer to UC Riverside), Kaden Archie (battled numerous small injuries before announcing a transfer to UTEP), Yuat Alok (was out for the season with a hand injuries before announcing a transfer to UCF), and Jaylen Fisher (out for the season with knee issues before announcing his intent to leave the program). The Frogs have already put Owen Aschieris on scholarship and burned Russell Barlow’s redshirt, but are currently down to just seven healthy players with Kouat Noi out for an undisclosed period of time with an ankle injury (he was in a walking boot Saturday).
As Jamie Dixon said following the loss to Oklahoma, no one will be feeling sorry for the Horned Frogs, who will need to find a way to get a road win Monday night in Stillwater to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes off of life support.