Bryce Thompson’s torn labrum will likely end his season

Bryce Thompson’s torn labrum will likely end his season

Senior Oklahoma State guard Bryce Thompson tore his labrum against Kansas, it was announced Thursday. The right shoulder injury puts the rest of his season in doubt.

Sam Hutchens

By Sam Hutchens

| Feb 1, 2024, 3:44pm CST

Sam Hutchens

By Sam Hutchens

Feb 1, 2024, 3:44pm CST

Oklahoma State got bad news following Bryce Thompson’s scary fall in the first part of a 83-54 loss at Kansas on Tuesday.

Thompson, a senior guard, led a fast break and was fouled under the basket on a layup attempt with 15:33 left in the first half. He did not return and watched some of the second half with his right arm in a black sling. It was announced in a weekly press conference on Thursday that Thompson tore his labrum.

It will require surgery, which coach Mike Boynton said Thompson will have sometime in the next few days.

“It could be season-ending,” Boynton said. “That’s a very strong possibility, again, I don’t want to try and predict that before the actual surgery happens and we get a report back from the doctors.”

Thompson is the second-leading scorer on OSU (12.2 points per game) behind junior guard Javon Small. Thompson has averaged just over 21 minutes per game, also second behind Small.

“He’s our most experienced guy on a team that was already kind of inexperienced for the most part, so it’s difficult thing to deal with,” Boynton said. “Life sometimes throws you some curveballs, you’ve got to be ready to adapt and we look forward to trying to figure out how to grow from, learn from and get better for (the injury).”

Boynton said he will rely on a rotation to fill Thompson’s role. It is the second major loss for OSU this season. Center Isaiah Miranda was granted release from the team in mid January to pursue professional opportunities.

“I’m not actually as concerned about who actually replaces (Thompson) as the quality of play of his replacement,” Boynton said. “We’re down to nine healthy scholarship players so you talk about a rotation where all nine guys need to be ready to go some and the game will kind of determine what exactly the rotation looks like, foul trouble, runs, whatever.”

Senior guard John-Michael Wright will likely be one of the ball handlers who is dealt an increased role.

“(Bryce) is a very impactful player so when we didn’t have him, obviously, it was noticeable,” Wright said. “He’s one of our lead guards on the team and one of the leaders on this team so not having that 15 points per game in conference play took a big chunk out of our offense. But as coach tells us all the time: Next man up.”

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Sam Hutchens covers Oklahoma State sport for Sellout Crowd. He interned for The Stillwater News Press in 2021 and The Guthrie News Leader in 2022, where he won a first-place OPA award for in-depth reporting. He has also covered sports in southwest Oklahoma for The Lawton Constitution. He strives to tell you the OSU sports stories that you want to tell your friends about. You can email him at [email protected] and connect on Twitter (X) @Sam_Hutchens_

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