On Tuesday morning, the University of Miami announced that star G Bruce Brown Jr. would undergo foot surgery.
Sophomore guard Bruce Brown Jr. will undergo surgery Thursday after sustaining a left-foot injury Monday in practice. He is expected to miss approximately six weeks.— Canes Hoops (@CanesHoops) January 30, 2018
Get well soon, Bruce. pic.twitter.com/t5Wl2e95n9
While Brown’s injury was listed as being from Monday’s practice, it was clear in recent games that the talented sophomore guard was battling injuries for at least a couple weeks previously.
A starter in all 19 games he’s played this season, Brown is averaging 11.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists on a .415/.629/.267 shooting line. Those stats represent a slight recrease in scoring, and increase in rebounds and assists, but serious decline in shooting percentage across the board.
Without Brown in the lineup, Miami will give more playing time to freshman PG Chris Lykes and sophomore G Dejan Vasilijevic. Neither one of those players is the rebounder that Brown is — he leads the team in rebounding, by the way — so other players will have to pick up the slack there.
In all, this is a big blow for what many thought to be the most talented Miami Hurricanes Basketball team in the history of the program. Even without being 100% healthy, he brought a lot of things to the floor. Now, he’ll be on the sideline for the next 6 weeks as he recovers from his foot surgery.
We wish Bruce Brown the best with his surgery and its associated recovery.
We’ll have more on where the Canes will go on the floor in the coming days.