After breaking his foot in practice on Monday and being sidelined for 6-8 weeks, it was hypothesized Deshaun Morman would receive a medical redshirt and sit out the rest of the season. Now it’s official, per the man behind the mic Tom Gelehrter.
#Bearcats freshman guard Deshaun Morman broke his foot Monday in practice. Was likely going to redshirt, will now receive medical redshirt.
— Tom Gelehrter (@Tommy_G) November 20, 2013
Mick Cronin had been toying with the idea of redshirting Morman for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the freshman fulfills a role already occupied by senior Sean Kilpatrick, who garners at least 80% of the minutes at the shooting guard position. While Morman might have seen some playing time in 2013-14, it was unlikely that he would have seen more than a few minutes of court time per game. Thus his contributions to the team would have been minimal. Secondly, and in relation to the first point, Morman has a high ceiling. Cronin probably wants to get as many years out of him as he can so there really wasn’t a reason to burn his redshirt as a true freshman if he was only getting on the court in garbage time. It would have essentially wasted a full year of Morman’s eligibility.
Now this injury makes the decision easier on him.
Deshaun Morman will receive a medical redshirt, which is similar to a standard redshirt in that he will sit for the entirety of this season, and return next year. Obviously it’s disappointing to see any player go down with an injury but in the long run it could prove beneficial to both Morman and the Bearcats. Next season, with Kilpatrick gone, Morman could have a chance to start as a redshirt freshman at shooting guard. His abilities slash to the bucket and knock down three’s are extremely similar to Killa’s, potentially making the transition as seamless as possible. Plus, since he was redshirted, Cronin and the Bearcats will be able to utilize his skills for a full four years.