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FSU will be without Evans, Ngom, McLeod at No. 2 Purdue

The Florida State men’s basketball team will be without two starters for its game on Tuesday at No. 2 Purdue.

The Seminoles (5-1) will be without point guard RayQuan Evans and center Tanor Ngom, as well as reserve center Naheem McLeod, when they face Purdue on the road in a Big Ten / ACC Challenge game on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. on ESPN). The lineup changes were announced by coach Leonard Hamilton prior to the Seminoles’ departure for West Lafayette, Ind.

Evans (6-4, 200) will miss the Seminoles’ game against Purdue as he attends the funeral of his brother, Tye Oldelk Lafranier in Montana. Lafranier lost his battle with a rare and aggressive form of Leukemia known as Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocystosis on November 20.

Ngom (7-2, 236) suffered a strain in his right knee on Saturday during practice. He is expected to miss the remainder of the games on the Seminoles’ non-conference schedule with hopes that he returns for ACC play in late December.

McLeod (7-4, 255) suffered a mild ankle sprain prior to FSU’s game against Boston University. He is considered day-to-day.  

“Our thoughts are with RayQuan as he goes through this period of grieving with his family,” Hamilton said in a statement released by FSU. “Both Tanor and Naheem will work with our medical staff on a daily basis to return to the court when they are healthy.”

FSU will likely start freshman Jalen Warley at the point guard spot and could lean on 6-foot-9 forward Malik Osborne as a center. The Seminoles’ only other true center is Quincy Ballard, who is 7-foot and 240 pounds and has four points and five rebounds in four games off the bench this season (19 total minutes).

John Butler Jr., who is 7-1 and 190 pounds, is viewed as a “stretch 4” or power forward by FSU coaches.