St. Bonaventure will be without one of its top defensive players as Osun Osunniyi sustained an injury to his right knee in the Bonnies’ season opener Tuesday at the Reilly Center.
CBS Sports reported Thursday that Osunniyi sustained a bone bruise in the second half of a 65-53 loss to Ohio, and that he could miss up to a month. Bona (0-1) hosts Vermont at 7 p.m. Friday at the Reilly Center.
Bonnies coach Mark Schmidt, however, did not elaborate on the nature of or details about Osunniyi’s injury.
"I'm the coach, not the trainer," Bonnies coach Mark Schmidt quipped to reporters Thursday in Allegany.
DEVELOPING - Sophomore center Osun Osunniyi, #21, injured after last night’s home opener against Ohio University.
This morning, we are working to gather new details of the injury. Stay tuned for updates. pic.twitter.com/NUmkPgLmdU
— SBU-TV (@sbutv_) November 6, 2019
Osunniyi, a 6-foot-10 sophomore from Pleasantville, N.J., was a preseason All-Atlantic 10 Conference third-team selection, and a preseason All-Defensive team selection.
The center/forward averaged 7.5 points and 7.6 rebounds and became one of the nation’s top shot-blockers last season. He was sixth in the nation and led the Atlantic 10 with 92 blocks in 34 games, which is the second-highest total in program history.
Osunniyi had six points, one rebound and two blocks in 11 minutes against Ohio.
“When it’s a player of his caliber, it’s never good,” Schmidt told reporters. “But it gives another guy an opportunity to come in. We stress all the time that you never know when your name is going to get called.”