Patriots’ Butler, Wyatt out with Injuries; Franklin Leaves Team

Posted: October 28, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason men’s basketball will be without the services of two of its players for the beginning of the season, and a third player is leaving the team.

Sophomores Lamar Butler and Colin Wyatt have sustained offseason injuries that will sideline them for at least the first two months, and Dereck Franklin has announced that he will concentrate on academics and not return to the Patriots basketball team for his senior season.

Butler suffered a severely strained groin muscle over the summer and has been limited in his mobility. He has been in rehabilitation since the incident occurred, and is expected to be unable to fully participate in preseason drills until a physician has cleared him. Butler must also sit out the first semester to concentrate on academic issues.

Wyatt underwent surgery Sept. 25 to repair meniscus and cartilage damage in his left knee, and he is expected to be out 12 weeks as he rehabilitates.

“Lamar and Colin both had great freshman seasons,” says head coach Jim Larranaga. “Colin’s situation is unfortunate since now he may not get the opportunity to build on his strong finish from last year. We hope to have both players back by Christmas, but if Colin’s knee doesn’t heal properly, then we may need to consider redshirting him. We will miss Lamar in the early going, but he should be healthy and ready to play when conference action begins in January. Dereck has been an outstanding student-athlete at George Mason over the past two years.”

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