Practice report: Dejean-Jones, Lopez-Sosa injury updates; redshirt for Morant?

Freshman forward Demetris Morant could redshirt this season

Bryce Dejean-Jones and Carlos Lopez-Sosa might be exchanging places on the injury report.

Dejean-Jones, a sophomore guard, has been out of action for almost four weeks since breaking his hand, but his cast comes off on Thursday and he’s expected to return to practice soon.

On the other end of the spectrum, Lopez-Sosa left practice on Tuesday after injuring his shoulder, and he was held out again on Wednesday. Coach Dave Rice couldn’t say how long Lopez-Sosa might be sidelined.

“The issue with Carlos is range of motion,” said Rice. “It’s very painful, but he wants to get back as soon as possible.”

The Rebels will practice on Thursday and Friday, and then travel to Los Angeles to scrimmage against UCLA on Saturday.

Redshirt for Morant?

There’s no doubt freshman Demetris Morant is one of the Rebels’ most athletic players, but the 6-foot-8 forward may not get a chance to show it on the court this season. Rice confirmed after Wednesday’s practice that he’s considering a redshirt year for Morant.

“No final decision has been made yet,” said Rice. “Demetris will definitely play in the closed scrimmage and also in the exhibition game. We don’t have to make a decision for sure until after the Dixie State game, but he’s a candidate to be a redshirt.”

At one point during Tuesday’s practice, Morant ran plays with the scout team, which was also comprised of non-scholarship players Barry Cheaney and Charles Rushman and the currently ineligible Khem Birch and Roscoe Smith.

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