Well, the hits just keep coming, don’t they? The 6’11” junior for the Georgetown Hoyas, Timothy Ighoefe, had his hand injured with a hard foul in the win against the Longwood Lancers.
Georgetown starting center Timothy Ighoefe fractured his hand and had surgery yesterday.— Bobby Bancroft (@BobbyBancroft) December 3, 2021
He's out 4-6 weeks.
Patrick Ewing said next man up but didn't say if it was centers Malcolm Wilson, Ryan Mutombo or a change to a smaller lineup.
Patrick Ewing told the press that the hand is broken and that he had surgery to repair it. The time-table to return is typically 4-6 weeks. Hopefully it’s sooner if it is indeed his off hand.
Any definitive word from Georgetown on Ighoefe re: x-rays? Announcers thought it may have been left hand or thumb. I can’t tell. https://t.co/PZjKPPkMWb pic.twitter.com/xVsNkUoF2U— Philadelphia Hoyas (@PhillyHoyas) December 1, 2021
any update on Big Tim? pic.twitter.com/7RuMWVp8RK— Christine (@saxahoya) December 2, 2021
Ighoefe missed the first game, hosting Dartmouth, but has started in all 5 games since, scoring 16 points with 37 rebounds (15 OREBs) in 88 minutes, shooting 7-11 from the field, and hitting 3 out of 4 free throws—while fouling 14 times.
Looking at the Hoyas’ upcoming schedule, the game at Creighton (BIG EAST Game #2, 12/28) is 4 weeks from Tuesday, while Butler’s visit (BIG EAST Game #6, 1/13) is 6 weeks from Thursday. Using that timetable estimate, Ighoefe would miss at least games against Syracuse (12/11), TCU (12/18), and Providence (12/22), among others.
This is what missing 6 weeks looks like on Georgetown's schedule https://t.co/sUdc12NZuK pic.twitter.com/Miin6btsSI— Philadelphia Hoyas (@PhillyHoyas) December 3, 2021
Ewing and the Hoyas have plenty of size in 7-footers Malcolm Wilson and Ryan Mutombo as the two back-up centers. Some have speculated that the Carolina native Wilson could start against USC on Sunday, as Wilson started in game 1 when Ighoefe missed time due to a reported concussion.
Georgetown, however, has also had some success with small-ball lineups using Collin Holloway as the center, as well as giving freshman Jalin Billingsley minutes in the middle. Nevertheless, the plan for the season, according to Ewing was that since Qudus Wahab left, Tim Ighoefe was supposed to be “the guy.”
Ighoefe is there when you need him @GeorgetownHoops ⬆️ pic.twitter.com/iuGaTu612g— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) December 1, 2021
Of course, the potential that Ewing must have seen in trying to add Tre King to the roster seems more logical now, but unfortunately King is headed to Iowa State.
Get well, Tim!