Indianola’s top returning scorer and rebounder Keegan Render, an Iowa football recruit, will miss a “significant amount of time” with a broken bone in his foot, according to Indians basketball coach Adam Graham.
The 6-foot 5-inch, 310-pound center was one of two returning starters for Indianola and averaged 12.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in the 2012-13 season. He injured the foot during a practice Wednesday, Graham said.
“It was just a fluke play in a drill, he came down on another kid’s foot,” Graham said. “It was a blow to him and to us. Definitely not how we wanted to start the season.”
Render was on the Register’s Elite Class 4-A Western Iowa football team. He verbally committed to play football at Iowa in June.
Graham says the offensive lineman is already in a cast and will be reevaluated in a few weeks.
“If he’s healthy and can get back, he’s going to try and do it,” Graham said.
The Indians finished 5-18 last season. Seniors Will Strong and August Sandquist are expected to take over Render’s place in the post.
Graham isn’t expecting a potential return any time before January.
“Obviously it’s not going to be one kid that’s able to replace him, it’s going to be a combination of kids stepping up for us,” Graham said.
“He’s done a great job of staying active in practice and he’s going to stick with it and do whatever he can to help.”
Indianola hosts Ankeny Centennial in its Dec. 3 season opener.
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