CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It all happened in a matter of two minutes.
West Virginia State University men's basketball Coach Bryan Poore saw last season flash before his eyes during a preseason scrimmage.
The veteran coach watched freshman point guard Jalen Walker pull his hamstring, and then guard Bo King break his ankle.
So, after a 2011-12 season during which injuries kept the Yellow Jackets finished 14-13 overall and out of the race for the West Virginia Conference regular season championship, he started this season with two more.
"Last year was like the perfect storm," said Poore, whose team opens its season at 7:30 p.m. today in the Conference Challenge at Erie, Pa., against Kutztown. "We had some kids we were really counting on get hurt and had to change our style.
"We adapted to the change fairly well, had a home game in the conference tournament."
Walker, a former Greenbrier East star, isn't expected to miss a lot of time. However, King's ankle - which he broke almost three weeks ago - had a screw put in it last week. Poore said the doctor will look at it again in eight weeks and check the progress.
If King can't play this season, Poore said it'll be up to the NCAA whether or not he can get a medical redshirt. Poore also said that King - whom he dismissed from the team in the spring of 2011 for a violation of team rules - "was really doing a good job of being a leader on the floor" when he was hurt.
Despite the early depletion of the roster, Poore expects to get heavy contributions from returning leading scorer David Ford, who averaged 15.8 points and seven rebounds last season. Another key returnee is senior Howard Douglas III.
He averaged 8.3 points last season.