Wichita State senior point guard and All-American candidate Fred VanVleet will likely sit out this week's Advocare Invitational in Orlando with a hamstring injury, Shockers coach Gregg Marshall told ESPN on Monday.
"I'd be surprised if he plays," Marshall told ESPN. "The last thing the doctors told me was probably the Saint Louis game at best."
Wichita plays Saint Louis on Dec. 5.
The 6-foot VanVleet, who averaged 13.6 points, 5.2 assists and 4.5 rebounds last year and has been a major reason for Wichita State's success the last three years, did not play against Emporia State over the weekend.
VanVleet played just three minutes in the season opener against Charleston Southern before leaving with a sprained ankle. He played 30 minutes in the loss to Tulsa last Tuesday, but he reinjured his hamstring -- which he first hurt in a scrimmage against Oklahoma State in late October -- in the opening minutes.
"I should have gotten him out, but he's so tough and wanted to play," Marshall said. "My love affair and belief in Fred, and his toughness were to blame."
Marshall said VanVleet didn't have any burst, couldn't change directions and often stood on defense, unable to move.
Marshall also said backup point guard Landry Shamet's availability for Thursday's game against USC is up in the air. Shamet, a 6-foot-4 freshman who is averaging 8.7 points in three games this season, has a stress reaction and is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday.
Wichita State opens the Advocare Invitational against USC on Thursday. If neither VanVleet or Shamet are able to play, look for Marshall to play Ron Baker -- along with freshman Ty Taylor II -- at the point.