Pitt guard Malik Ellison reportedly suffered a concussion during his team’s 78-76 loss to Wake Forest on Feb. 5, forcing him to miss Pitt’s matchup with NC State on Saturday. Now, it appears he will be sidelined for Tuesday’s matchup with Boston College as well.
Malik Ellison won’t be playing for Pitt tonight against Boston College. Still dealing with the effects of a concussion.— Craig Meyer (@CraigMeyerPG) February 12, 2019
Prior to the report from Craig Meyer of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Tuesday evening, Ellison was thought to have suffered an ankle injury due to a tweet from Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports. Details of the injury were not made public before Tuesday, as it had been described only as "undisclosed." Its severity remains unclear, and Capel was uncertain how long the guard would be out when asked for update on Saturday.
Pitt has been hampered by injuries on multiple occasions this season, as Sidy N’Dir was forced to sit out several weeks with what was described as a leg injury and Au’Diese Toney recently missed Pitt’s matchup with Clemson due to a hand injury. Toney made a quick return, but the extended absence of N’Dir hindered the team as it began ACC play.
Ellison’s absence hurts Pitt in terms of depth more than anything, as he is a secondary contributor in terms of points (6.8 per game), rebounds (3.9 per game), assists (1.4 per game) and occasional blocks (0.3 per game). With that said, at 6’6”, he adds some height to the undersized team, and the Panthers could miss his offensive contributions.