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The wait continues for Rodney Rice to make his debut as an injury has prevented him from playing for Virginia Tech so far this season. Meanwhile, the Hokies were without John Camden through injury in their 69-64 win over Charleston Southern, rather than a coach’s decision not to use him on the rotation.

After the game, Hokies head coach Mike Young provided two updates on Rice and Camden.

We’ll start with Rice, who is yet to make his debut this season due to injury, with Young currently unsure of when he will return as he continues to recover from injuries.

“He’s doing great. He’s getting close,” Young said. “Rodney Rice will come back when he’s healthy. He’s close. I don’t know if it will be Monday (vs Minnesota). I don’t know if it will be in 10 days. Rodney Rice goes to play when Rodney Rice is healthy, that’s the bottom line. I don’t know when the hell that will be.

Unsurprisingly, Mike Young has been asked a lot about the status of Rice in his recovery this year, and while everyone’s likely to want a firm debut date, these things can always be longer (or occasionally shorter) than expected.

There’s no doubt Tech would love to have Rice to give them a true point guard who can spell Sean Pedulla at times without having to move Hunter Cattoor or Darius Maddox from wing to that role on ball. For now, however, Tech needs to stay the course on that front while Rice continues to work his way back from injury.

Elsewhere, John Camden picked up an injury last week in practice after the Charleston Classic, which Mike Young brought up after the CSU game when asked about it.

“John (Camden) is in a boot, has hurt his ankle a bit. I would say it’s a week, 10 day cure. He has some discoloration, the swelling went down significantly today. He’ll be back pretty quickly,” Jung said. “It was Wednesday, I stepped on someone’s foot and they passed out. He’ll be back pretty quickly.”

So far this season, Camden has averaged 1.6 points and 1.0 rebounds in 7.6 minutes per game, mostly working on the 4 for the Hokies. There have been times when Tech has gone with bigger lineups, given Camden’s versatile skills that allow Tech to use him comfortably at the 3.

He didn’t have the best start to the season, but Tech loses versatility from his absence, although it looks like he’ll only miss 1-2 more games as Tech only plays Minnesota (Monday) and UNC (Sunday 12/4). ) within the 10-day window referenced by Mike Young.