It’s never good news when your best player is battling an injury.
It’s even worse when the diagnosis is currently unknown and the head coach is rather vague about the status of the player.
That player is Oregon Ducks junior forward Dillon Brooks, who isn’t working out with the team this summer as he deals with a foot injury.
“He has had a problem with his foot so we have held him out,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said Tuesday morning. “He is still under evaluation to see what the next step is.”
Altman said Brooks does not have a broken foot, but was unsure if the injury would linger into the season.
“It is too early to tell,” Altman said. “I have not heard from the doctors one way or another. We are trying to give him and the doctors time to figure out which way to go.”
The good news is that this injury is not a broken foot. The bad news is that Altman did not dismiss the possibility of him missing time during the regular season.
Brooks is a veteran by now. He’s knows the nuances of college basketball and will be a force in the Pac-12 regardless of how much time he misses this summer.
Not having Brooks on the floor in mid-July is not a huge burden. However, if that slips into September, October and then finally into the start of the season in November it could be greatly impactful.
Oregon fans don’t overreact though because again it’s early. We are still in the midst of summer workouts and the doctors are still checking up on Brooks. This is merely something to keep an eye on, as it’s not time to start fretting just yet.
The 2016-17 season will be the Ducks’ best chance to make their first Final Four since 1939. They are deep, talented, athletic and experienced (especially after making the Elite Eight last year and losing to Oklahoma.
And the guy that leads the charge is Brooks, so they do need him in the fold – preferably for the entire year.
Brooks averaged 16.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game last season, while he shot 47 percent from the field and 34 percent from long range. The Mississauga, AB native is versatile enough to play the three or the four position, although, when he plays the four, Oregon is capable of attacking multiple mismatches.
Brooks can stretch the floor with his ability to hit from deep, can put the ball on the deck and create at the rim, and is one of the more competitive college basketball players on the planet. Brookes plays the game with ease, sort of the same kind of ease of filling out this sign up bonus.
The Ducks need Brooks, but it’s not time to panic..just yet.
The Madness is Underway
As we inch closer to selection Sunday, many conference tournaments are underway finding teams who will automatically make the NCAA Men’s basketball. Here are the teams that currently in the tournament:
Atlantic Sun: Liberty
Big South: Gardner–Webb
Horizon: Northern Kentucky
Missouri Valley: Bradley
MEC: Fairleigh Dickinson
Ohio Valley: Murray State
Summit League: North Dakota State
Summit League: Saint Marry’s
Out of the 32 conferences with automatic bids in the tournament, 12 of them have been clinched. All the until selection Sunday the remaining 20 conferences will have their tickets punched. Who will that be? Stay tuned!
Tennessee Basketball Ranked 4th In (Early) Preseason Top 25
A school built on football lure now has a thriving basketball team to get behind. In a early CBS basketball poll, the Volunteer squad is ranked 4th in the preseason. This should bring relief to a fan base whose struggled with a lackluster football team in recent years.
Under Coach Rick Barnes (SEC Coach of the year 2017) the Vols went 26-9 last year, won a share of the regular season SEC title and reached the final of the SEC tournament. Tennessee should return most of their pivotal pieces for the 2018-19 season.
Admiral Schofield (2017-2018 ALL SEC second teamer) who tested the NBA waters has returned for his senior year to play along side Grant Williams (SEC player of the year) and Kyle Alexander. If they can stay healthy along with the supporting cast, this team has a legitimate chance to reach the final four.
According to Andy Katz, “Tennessee is the team to beat in the SEC this year,” and did I mention Coach Barnes recruiting is nothing to take lightly. Recently committed 5 star combo guard, Josiah James added his name to the class of 2019 and pushed the Vols recruiting into the top 10 nationally.
Although it’s too early to tell how this season will play out its certain the hype is warranted and reaching heights it hasn’t seen since the Bruce Pearl era.
Could it be!? Tennessee – a basketball school?
Follow the journey when the Volunteers tip off against Louisiana Lafayette on November 9th.
Papa John’s Founder John Schnatter Resigns as Louisville Trustee
Papa John’s founder John Schnatter, who is also a prominent University of Louisville booster, submitted his resignation to the school’s board of trustees Wednesday after reports surfaced about his use of the N-word during a conference call.
Louisville board of trustees chairman J. David Grissom announced Schnatter’s resignation stating that he believed “[Schnatter’s] comments, while inappropriate, do not reflect his personal beliefs or values.”
Additionally, Papa John’s announced Wednesday evening that Schnatter had resigned from the company’s chairman seat.
Papa John’s issued the following statement in the aftermath of the story breaking.
“News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session are true,” the statement read. “Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society.”
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