BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU basketball team has played its first two games of the season without junior forward Craig Victor. But Thursday afternoon, LSU coach Johnny Jones insinuated that Victor’s suspension is close to coming to an end.
Victor, who is missing time because of a violation of team rules, won’t be on the court when the Tigers host North Florida Friday night, but that might be the last game he misses.
“He’ll probably miss this game and then we’re hopeful he’ll be in uniform when we travel,” Jones said Thursday. “I think Craig will be able to travel with us. We’re hopeful he’ll get his first activity with us game-wise. So now you know.”
When Jones says “travel,” he’s referring to the team’s upcoming trip to the Bahamas. The LSU basketball team will participate in the “Battle 4 Atlantis” tournament starting on Nov. 23, when the Tigers will face Wichita State.
Depending on the outcome of the Wichita game, LSU will either face Louisville or Old Dominion on Thanksgiving Day, followed by another undetermined opponent on Nov. 25.
Victor played in 25 games for the Tigers last season, averaging 11.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. On a per-game basis, only Philadelphia 76ers No. 1 pick Ben Simmons averaged more rebounds and blocks than Victor for the Tigers last year.