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Mr. Maurice "Mo" Barksdale
Graduated 2007




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Men’s basketball loses point guard

October 15, 2006 –
UL’s Barksdale out, leaving only four veterans

Dan McDonald

The injury bug has already bitten UL’s men’s basketball team, and it left a serious wound on a squad that needs all the experience it can get.
Senior point guard Maurice Barksdale, who had more starts last season (16) than any other returning Cajun, will miss the entire 2006-07 season with a broken wrist.

Barksdale, a product of Baltimore, Md., and Blinn College, is scheduled for surgery Oct. 27 for what has been a lingering problem, according to UL coach Robert Lee.

“Mo’s always said that his wrist was sore,” Lee said. “From what the doctors told us, it’s been broken maybe for more than a year. They’re going to have to fuse a bone,”
Lee said that Barksdale could get an injury redshirt season, but that would depend on the success of the surgery.

Barksdale was second on the squad in assists and steals last season while averaging 6.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. He was the only Cajun to see action in all 29 games and had a high game of 23 points in a 65-59 overtime win at UTEP.

Freshman guard Elijah Millsap of Grambling also missed Saturday’s two practices with a twisted ankle, but Lee said he expects Millsap back in practice this week.

Originally published October 15, 2006

ROSTER REPORT:It didn’t take long for Louisiana-Lafayette to lose a valuable senior. Senior PG Maurice Barksdale, who had more starts last season (16) than any other returning Cajun, will miss the 2006-07 season because of a chronic wrist problem that will require surgery. The Ragin’ Cajuns knew they were losing Dwayne Mitchell, Michael Southall and Chris Cameron after the 2005-06 season. Then they lost three other players — G Ed Turner, F J.T. Fields and wing Lucian Pelosi — who were kicked off the team in the offseason.

WEAKNESSES: The Cajuns lost their three best players from a team that underachieved at 13-16 and must start over with a group of seven newcomers that includes five freshmen. The loss of senior PG Maurice Barksdale to a season-ending wrist injury deprives the Cajuns of an experienced playmaker.