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Hamilton: Polite has fractured wrist, could miss significant time

Florida State senior guard Anthony Polite has a fractured wrist and could miss an extended amount of time, coach Leonard Hamilton said on Monday.

“Everybody heals at their own pace,” Hamilton said on the ACC coaches’ Zoom call. “I would be surprised if he is back by the ACC Tournament time. I would be shocked or if at all.”

FSU (13-9, 6-6 ACC) goes into the final eight games of the regular season without three of its top players. Forward Malik Osborne (left ankle) will miss the rest of the season, and center Naheem McLeod (right hand) also had surgery last week and is out indefinitely. McLeod was on the FSU bench on Saturday with his arm in a sling.

Polite did not play in FSU’s loss to Wake Forest. He had started all 21 of FSU’s games and averaged 9.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

Hamilton also indicated that center John Butler Jr. (turned ankle) and was in a boot. Forward Cam’Ron Fletcher is in a boot with an unknown injury. Their status for Wednesday’s game against Pittsburgh (9 p.m. on ACC Network) remains to be determined.

FSU has had to go deep into the bench due to injuries. Nine players were on the court for seven or more minutes against Wake. Walk-on forward Harrison Prieto had 13 points and 12 rebounds in 25 minutes against the Demon Deacons.