UCF’s B.J. Taylor to remain sidelined with thumb injury

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The absence of B.J. Taylor will continue.

Reported by FanRag Sports’ Jon Rothstein, UCF sophomore B.J. Taylor will be unavailable for the Knights’ American Athletic Conference season opener at Tulane. The point guard has missed the last five games with a thumb injury.

Taylor, the team’s leading scorer and facilitator, missed all of the 2015-16 season with a lower leg injury. He suffered his current ailment at Massachusetts on December 3 in a contest, in which he was held to a season-low 9 points and was 2-for-8 from the field.

The homegrown product is averaging 16.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 1.4 steals per game on the season. The Knights are 3-2 during Taylor’s absence as opposed to 6-1 with 2014-15 AAC All-Rookie selection in the starting lineup.

“There is still no timetable on B.J. but he is getting better,” said UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins following his team’s victory on December 21 versus Bethune-Cookman. “I’m sure he will be back during the season. I don’t see how that won’t happen.”

With Taylor sidelined, redshirt junior A.J. Davis has assumed starting point guard duties. Davis, who has also dealt with an injury this season, has been a statsheet stuffer for the Knights. The Georgia native is averaging 6.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game during his backcourt mate’s absence.

UCF opens up with AAC cellar-dweller Tulane. The Green Wave, led by junior Cameron Reynolds, enter conference play with a 3-9 record.

The Knights’ conference home opener will be December 31 versus Temple. College Court Report will have live coverage from CFE Arena.

– P. Wesner