At his media availability after the NCAA tournament selection special, Miami Hurricanes coach Jim Larrañaga confirmed that star guard Bruce Brown Jr. will miss the NCAA tournament and is out for the year.
When asked if Brown, who has a doctor’s appointment on Monday morning to evaluate how his broken foot is recovering from surgery, could play on Thursday if he was fully cleared tomorrow, Larrañaga stated an unequivocal “No”. Check the last 20 seconds of the video below for that answer in it’s full context.
Breaking: “There’s no chance Bruce will play Thursday”- Jim Larrañaga pic.twitter.com/FRNBFBdB2O— Josh White (@_JoshRWhite) March 11, 2018
According to Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post, Larrañaga went on to say the following
“Let me put it this way: If Bruce decide to come back next year for his [junior] year, then we’ll plan on playing him.”
Brown, who has been out since injuring his foot in practice on January 30th, has a wealth of talent, but won’t be able to showcase it further this season. A nice prospect at 6’5” 200lbs, Brown will have a decision to make regarding his future — either in college or the NBA — in the near future.
For the season, Brown Jr. finishes with 19 games (all starts) and a stat line of 11.4 points, 7.1 rebounds (a team-high), and 4 assists a game. Brown Jr. had a shooting line of .415 fg%, .267 3fg%, and .629 ft% for the year.
Miami will stick with the guard rotation of Ja’Quan Newton, Chris Lykes, Lonnie Walker IV, Dejan Vasiljevic and guard/forward Anthony Lawrence II for the rest of the season.
Sad for Bruce that he has to miss the NCAAs, but his health and recovery are the most important. Hopefully we haven’t seen the last of Bruce Brown Jr in a Miami Hurricanes jersey, but we may have. We’ll know that for sure in the coming days and weeks.