The Memphis Tigers have lost another key rotation piece for at least part of the season. Head Coach Penny Hardaway will be without guard Lester Quinones for at least three weeks after they learned he broke his third and fourth metatarsal in his hand. He will not need surgery according to Hardaway and the team.
Lester Quinones and Boogie Ellis just showed up to the Grizzlies-Lakers game. Quinones wasn’t wearing a cast or wrap or anything on his injured right hand. Seems like a good sign.
— Mark Giannotto (@mgiannotto) November 24, 2019
This comes right after the announcement that presumptive top-five pick James Wiseman would have to sit out for 12 games. The Tigers have lost a talented frontcourt and talented backcourt player for multiple games now. Lester Quinones will miss at least four games if not a fifth game as well. The two biggest concerns are against North Carolina State and Tennesse. The other games are against Bradley, UAB, and maybe Jackson State.
— Memphis Tigers (@TigersAthletics) November 24, 2019
The Memphis Tiger’s were off to a great start with only one loss to the red hot Oregon Ducks. Quinones has played well for Penny Hardaway and the Memphis Tigers in his first season. He is averaging 10.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, and three assists per game in his freshmen season. The guard is also shooting 43.8 percent from the field. Lester Quinones was somewhat overlooked on the roster with more known recruits coming in like James Wiseman, Precious Achiuwa, Boogie Ellis, and DJ Jeffries.
The freshman guard has proved his worth and his level of production will be missed. Memphis could struggle in a couple of games without Wiseman or Quinones. Penny Hardaway will have to find someone on the roster to replace their level of production.