Coach Mike Montgomery said during his weekly press conference today that junior power forward Harper Kamp probably will be red-shirted because his surgically repaired right knee still isn’t allowing him to play.
Asked if the decision has been made, Montgomery said, “Not yet, we’re close. I think he’s leaning toward not playing. He had a pretty tough year last year and I think he’s a little bit leery of having that same experience again.”
Kamp, who figured to compete for a starting job this season, underwent a lateral release procedure on his right knee last April 1 to correct a kneecap tilt that caused painful grinding and cartilage damage. He had surgery on the same knee the year before.
On other health issues:
— Monty said senior wing Theo Robertson, who has missed the past four games with a right foot injury, will stay home from the Bears’ trip to play at New Mexico on Wednesday, with the hope he can get in two strong workouts. If things go well, the Bears hope to have Robertson back on the floor either Saturday against Iowa State or next Wednesday at Pacific.
— Guard Jorge Gutierrez, who played just seven minutes Sunday against Princeton while recovering from the flu, sat out practice Monday but is expected to play at New Mexico. Center Markhuri Sanders-Frison, who missed the Princeton game with the flu, will make the trip and probably will play, although Montgomery said he lost close to 10 pounds while ill.
— Reserve forward Omondi Amoke, who has totaled 31 rebounds the past three games, also is fighting the flu but figures to play Wednesday.