Arkansas freshman guard Keyshawn Embery-Simpson will be a game-time decision for the Razorbacks against Florida in the SEC Tournament on Thursday.
Embery-Simpson was seen wearng a protective boot on his left foot during the Razorbacks practice in Nashville on Wednesday. After the workout Mike Anderson said Embery-Simpson “bumped his ankle” during a practice in Nashville on Tuesday.
Arkansas will have one guard with experience coming off the bench if he can’t play against the Gators. The Razorbacks start a three guard lineup with Mason Jones and Embery-Simpson coming off the bench the last four games for the Hogs.
“I think we’ve got enough guys that are ready to play,” Anderson says. “Think they’re more ready to play than they were 2 months ago. So those guys are going to play a few more minutes if he does not play.”
Arkansas’ second leading scorer Isaiah Joe says nothing will change for the Hogs if Keyshawn can’t play against the Gators.
“We’re just going to play the game we know we can play. Play our way. We’re going to be missing a man off the bench if he doesn’t play. Hopefully we can see him play. But we’ve got to play like we have everybody. Same energy, same intensity. We can’t try to conserve any energy because that’s how you come off to the bad starts of whatever. But I feel like we’ll be fine either way.”
Arkansas and Florida are set to tip-off at Noon in the second round of the SEC Tournament with the game airing on the SEC Network.