It's not uncommon for basketball players to wear masks on the court to protect facial injuries, but Rhode Island Rams guard Jarvis Garrett has taken the mask game to a whole new level.
On Jan. 30 against the St. Joseph's Hawks, Garrett had a tooth knocked out and his jaw broken while playing defense. The sophomore had to miss a game because of the injury but quickly got back into action. Now, he has to wear a protective mask when he plays so he can safeguard a broken maxilla bone.
Garrett's mask isn't as basic as the ones most rehabbing players wear, however. It's like something you would see in a horror film.
The Rhode Island student section has certainly been supportive of the Hannibal Lecter-style mask:
In case you were wondering, here's how the Rams guard refuels during games:
Garrett hasn't had much trouble playing in the mask. In three games since returning from the injury, he has averaged 18.7 points (on 52.2 percent shooting) and four assists.