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Carl Hall to have surgery Tuesday on broken thumb, miss a month

Carl Hall, Yemi Makanjuola

Wichita State forward Carl Hall (22) works against Tennessee center Yemi Makanjuola (0) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee won 69-60. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)


Wichita State suffered a big blow on Monday afternoon, as it was announced that Carl Hall, who leads the team in scoring (13.9 points) and rebounding (7.6 boards) will be out a month.

On Saturday, Hall injured his right hand in practice. And on Monday, it was announced that Hall will undergo surgery on his right thumb, which he broke. He’ll go under the knife on Tuesday and will miss a month.

This is a huge loss for the Shockers. In addition to being the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, Hall is the toughest and most physical player on a team that relies on toughness and physicality. He’s a load on the block, as evidenced in Tuesday’s loss to Tennessee. Hall finished with 21 points on 9-10 shooting with nine boards while fouling out Jarnell Stokes.

Wichita State kicks off conference play on December 30th against Northern Iowa. They have their first date with Creighton on January 19th.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.