Penn State has been playing with a short bench through most of Big Ten play in 2017 due to an assortment of illnesses and injuries. That bench got even shorter over the weekend as head coach Patrick Chambers announced that freshman wing Nazeer Bostick will be out for at least two weeks after suffering a broken bone in his hand during the Nittany Lions' bye weekend.
Chambers says Nazeer Bostick suffered a right hand fracture at practice over the weekend, likely out 2-4 weeks.
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The least heralded of the Roman Catholic trio, Bostick has featured in 18 games this far and was averaging 1.3 points per game in 6.7 minutes per contest. Bostick had been earning more minutes of late, however, and helped preserve Penn State's upset over Maryland with two massive plays late in the second half.
With two weeks remaining in the regular season, Chambers' conservative estimate for missed time means Bostick will likely not be available until the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament on March 8. In the worst-case scenario - e.g., the injury does not heal for four weeks and Penn State does not make the NIT or CBI - we have seen Bostick for the last time this season.