In some of the most disappointing news of the season so far, the College of Charleston announced that star player Canyon Barry would be out the remainder of the season in a press release on Saturday afternoon. This announcement followed an injury to Barry's shoulder during a game against William & Mary.
Barry has received quite a bit of press in the past due to his unusual free throw shooting method. He used a "granny shot" to propel himself to shooting 84.5 percent from the line. This was similar to his father, NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry's technique.
Of course, Barry did a lot more than just shoot from the free throw line. He averaged 19.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game this season and played a massive role in the team's offense. Overall, Barry was responsible for 30.5 percent of the team's possessions and 35.2 percent of the team's shots while on the floor.
Heading into the game against Elon, the College of Charleston is 10-6 overall and amid a two game skid. Nonetheless, with four of those losses coming against fringe top 100 KenPom teams or better, the team is sitting in decent position. The Cougars are only 2-3 in conference play, but nonetheless, making a run just got much tougher without Barry.
Some of the players that will have to step up to compensate for Barry's absence will be Evan Bailey and Cameron Johnson on the wing and Jarrell Brantley and Terrance O'Donohue upfront.
After facing Elon on Saturday, the College of Charleston gets Towson on the road and Delaware at home.