Georgia Tech’s Jason Morris out indefinitely with broken right foot

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After playing just four minutes in Georgia Tech’s 78-65 loss to North Carolina on Wednesday night, 6-foot-5 senior wing Jason Morris left the game with a right foot injury. On Friday the school announced that Morris broke the fifth metatarsal in that foot, and as a result he’ll be sidelined indefinitely with a return this season described as “doubtful.”

“This is very unfortunate, almost beyond description,” Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory said in the release. “I’ve never seen anything like it. He played four minutes Wednesday and had two rebounds, which is an area we needed help in, and he had embraced that. He got hurt making a great defensive play, and we made a three-point play on the other end. He wants to do everything he can to get back, but it’s going to be difficult.”

Morris played in just nine games this season, starting four, posting averages of 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. His best outings game in losses to Maryland and Duke, with Morris scoring five points in each of those games and grabbing five rebounds in the loss to the Terrapins.

What makes this news so difficult for Georgia Tech is the fact that the injury bug has affected Morris on multiple occasions throughout his career. Morris played in just 18 games last season, with plantar fasciitis in his left foot resulting in his missing ten games. And in October Morris underwent surgery on that same foot to repair a stress fracture, resulting in his missing the first ten games of the season.

Stanford loses key veteran guard to stress fracture

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Stanford guard Marcus Allen will be out indefinitely after suffering a stress fracture in his right foot, the school announced on Monday evening.

“We want to make sure Marcus is fully healthy before returning to the court,” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said in a statement. “Marcus played at a high level during our summer exhibition competition in Italy, where he was one of our leading scorers. We will certainly miss him as we continue to prepare for the season, but we are fortunate that this happened now and he will be back before he knows it.”

The loss of Allen is a potentially brutal blow in an already-thin back court. The 6-foot-3 Allen started 23 games as a sophomore last season, averaging 6.4 points and 3.5 boards. But he averaged 11.4 points and 5.4 boards as the Cardinal made a run to the NIT championship and looked poised to be able to replace the departed Chasson Randle’s production this year.

What’s worse is that without Allen, Stanford does not return a single player in their back court that averaged more than 11.5 minutes. Sophomore Robert Cartwright looks poised to step into the starting point guard role, but neither Dorian Pickens nor Christian Sanders looked like they were ready for that kind of role in the Pac-12 last season. Dawkins does return Malcolm Allen, Marcus’ twin brother, who sat out last season with a broken wrist.

The good news is that Stanford’s front court is strong enough to carry the Cardinal until Marcus is healthy. Rosco Allen, Reid Travis and Michael Humphrey will be able to hold their own against any front line in the Pac-12, while Grant Verhoeven and freshman Josh Sharma will provide adequate depth.

Utah lands top-75 center Jayce Johnson

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Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.

Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.

Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.