Foot injuries weren’t too kind to the Oregon Ducks during the 2015-16 season.
Dylan Ennis missed all but two games due to a foot injury, while a similar injury kept Jordan Bell out of the lineup for the first eight games of the season.
As the Ducks prepare to embark on their four-game tour of Spain, another foot injury has sidelined a key piece of the team’s rotation. Junior Dillon Brooks will miss the team’s tour, and is out indefinitely after requiring surgery on his left foot.
Oregon is slated to play two games in Madrid, and one each in Valencia and Barcelona, over their trip to Spain. According to Head Coach Dana Altman, Brooks is “going to be out for a while.”
As a sophomore in 2015-16, Brooks led the Ducks in scoring, averaging 16.7 points per game to go along with 5.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists. Brooks was a big reason Oregon was awarded a 1-seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, helping lead the team to their first Pac-12 regular season title since 2002.
Following his strong sophomore campaign, Brooks entered his name into the 2016 NBA Draft, but opted to return to school for his junior year when all was said and done.
Without Brooks in the lineup, the Ducks will rely heavily on two other key returnees. Tyler Dorsey and Chris Boucher, both of whom rank inside our list of top 100 players for the 2016-17 season, will take on expanded roles in Spain.
Brooks was the #3 player on our list of top 100 players.
While it’s unclear when Brooks will return for the Ducks, Oregon should find themselves safely in the top 10 at the start of the 2016-17 season, and look like the front-runners in the Pac-12.
– T. Bennett