Sam Maniscalco to miss rest of season
Bradley senior guard Sam Maniscalco will sit out the remainder of the season because of an ongoing ankle injury.
Maniscalco, who has played 111 consecutive games for Bradley, had surgery to remove bone spurs from his left ankle during the summer and never fully recovered from the procedure. He played in Bradley's first six games and averaged 9.7 points and 4.3 assists, but his ankle continued to nag him.
Maniscalco, who played at St. Patrick High School in Chicago, will apply for a medical redshirt season.
"He got a little better and tried to make it go, but I think it was his adrenaline and will," said his father, Carl Maniscalco. "It's hard for him to practice and play in games without pain. He can't do both. He's probably 60-70 percent.
"He feels like he's letting the team down. He's struggling with that. It was a mutual agreement not to blow the season for him and Bradley. For once, he has to think about himself. "
It's the second major blow for Bradley this season. The team announced in early November that junior forward Taylor Brown would miss the entire season because of precautionary medical reasons. Brown averaged 13.5 points and 6.9 rebounds last season.
The Braves were considered a potential NCAA tournament team with Brown, Maniscalco and senior guard Andrew Warren returning. All three were preseason Missouri Valley selections.
Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.