Jordan Adams broke his right foot towards the end of UCLA’s 66-64 win in the Pac-12 semifinals over Arizona. After conflicting reports saying the severity of the injury was not unknown, UCLA confirmed that the freshman guard did in fact break his right foot.
This confirmation from the school comes courtesy of Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo! Sports The Dagger. He, along with Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com originally tweeted that Adams had broken his foot, but Eisenberg tweeted UCLA’s confirmation.
Larry Drew II, from Eisenberg’s Twitter feed was reportedly crying when hearing the news of Adams’ injury.
“I’m so proud of Jordan not just for the way he played tonight but for everything he’s done all season,” Drew told Eisenberg. I wish him a speedy recovery.”
According to Eisenberg, Ben Howland was informed by trainers after the press conference.
This is a devastating loss for UCLA, especially after beating Arizona for the third time in as many games. Adams starred in Saturday night’s win. The freshman had a game-high 24 points including a pair of crucial steals. His missed 3-pointer set up Kyle Anderson’s game-winning offensive rebound and putback. It wasn’t just that game, Adams has been a solid contributor, especially given he was one of the forget freshman in a class with Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad. Adams was second on the team in scoring with 15.0.
Goodman reported that, Adams injured it on the final play of the game, guarding Solomon Hill’s last shot. In replay, Adams, who bit on Hill’s pump fake, landed awkwardly on his right foot
At the most critical part of the season, when UCLA’s momentum is very high, this is a crashing blow to the Bruins.
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With an 11-member setup the Sun Belt Conference has played a 20-game conference schedule the last couple of years, which may be seen as a positive when it comes to determining the regular season champion (home-and-home between every team). But for a conference that spans from North Carolina (Appalachian State) to Texas (UT-Arlington, Texas State) travel was far from easy in that setup.
And with Coastal Carolina joining next season, it was clear that the league needed to do something with its scheduling.
Thursday the Sun Belt members approved an 18-game conference schedule, which will begin with the 2016-17 season when the league consists of 12 members. Included in the agreement is the assignment of travel partners (similar to setups in the Pac-12 and Ivy League), and teams playing no more than three consecutive conference games on the road.
Schools will also be guaranteed at least five weekend home games during conference play, and there will be no more weekends in which teams play conference games both home and away (thus cutting down on travel). Obviously with the addition of Coastal Carolina the Sun Belt needed to make some changes in their scheduling, and this week the conference made the moves they needed to make.
Prior to a one-year stint as the head coach coach at Bowling Green that came to an end in early April as a result of an incident at a Bowling Green restaurant, Chris Jans was a member of Gregg Marshall’s coaching staff at Wichita State from 2007-14. During those seven seasons Jans was a key figure as the Shockers made the progression to a respected national power.
Jans is back in Wichita, with Paul Suellentrop of the Wichita Eagle reporting Thursday that he’s serving as a consultant to the program. Jans’ consulting agreement runs for 45 days, which the school can renew, and he’ll be paid $10,000 for the work. While Jans isn’t allowed to do any coaching, he can watch practices and provide Marshall and the coaching staff with his observations.
“He will be able to consult with the coaching staff, only on what he observes in practice,” said Darron Boatright, WSU deputy athletics director. “By NCAA rule, a consultant is not allowed to have communication with student-athletes … not about basketball-related activities or performance.”
While Jans (who according to the story has served in a similar role for another school) can’t do any coaching in this role, his return does give Marshall another trusted voice to call upon when needed. Wichita State bid farewell to an assistant coach this spring with Steve Forbes being hired as the head coach at East Tennessee State, with his position being filled by former Sunrise Christian Academy coach Kyle Lindsted.