Penn State freshman guard Josh Reaves will be out at least three weeks due to mononucleosis, coach Patrick Chambers said on a teleconference Friday.
Reaves started 14 of the team’s first 17 games before missing Wednesday night’s game against Purdue due to illness. Reaves is second on the team in steals, blocks and assists. He is averaging 6.4 points and 3.9 rebounds while playing 24.5 minutes per game.
“He’s very disappointed and devastated,” Chambers said. “He’s coming along. He’s playing good minutes, he’s doing some great things, so obviously this is tough for him. He hasn’t gone through this type of adversity in a while so we got to be there for him and help him out.”
The Nittany Lions (10-8, 1-4 Big Ten) return to action at Northwestern (15-3, 3-2) at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Chambers said he’s looking for redshirt freshman guard Isaiah Washington and freshman forward Davis Zemgulis to step up in Reaves’ absence.
Washington, a Williamsport native, has played in 13 games this season, averaging 2.1 points in 8.4 minutes. Zemgulis started in place of Reaves on Wednesday night. He’s averaging 3.5 points in 13.5 minutes in 15 games.
“With him out, our foot speed is not what it was,” Chambers said. “And I got to mask that or manage that and come up with different ways to help our team get some turnovers and push the ball. But with him not out there, you lose deflections, you lose rebounds because he’s so long. So there’s so many categories that he fills that it really hurts.”