Another injury hit the Texas Longhorns on Saturday, as freshman guard Donovan Williams left the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the first half and did not return, so the Horns will almost certainly be without four players for Tuesday’s game against the Oklahoma Sooners.
On Monday, head coach Shaka Smart said that Williams is unlikely to play against the Sooners after aggravating a left knee injury against the Red Raiders. He met with a specialist on Monday after hyperextending it in a recent game and dealing with pain in that knee since before the season.
The 6’6, 180-pounder has received increased playing time since injuries to junior guard Jase Febres (knee) and sophomore forward Gerald Liddell (back), trying his career high with 13 points against Iowa State. In 11 minutes per game, Williams is averaging 3.3 points on 36.8 percent shooting from the floor.
Febres will undergo surgery on Wednesday that Smart compared to an arthroscopic procedure after suffering a hyperextended knee during the first game against Texas Tech. The expectation is that Febres will miss the remainder of the season following that surgery.
Before the injury, Febres was averaging 9.3 points per game on 37.4 percent shooting from three-point range in just over 30 minutes per game. He’s been out for nearly a month now, but still ranks second on the team in made three-point baskets with 55 after he was recently passed by redshirt sophomore guard Andrew Jones, who now has 60.
Smart did not have any updates on Liddell or junior forward Jericho Sims (back), both of whom are still out indefinitely. Meanwhile, junior guard Matt Coleman is still dealing with the effects of a heel injury that kept him out against TCU. He’s 6-of-18 shooting from the field in the three games since returning.