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Ducks’ Brooks sidelined with foot injury

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Oregon got Dillon Brooks to return to school for his junior year, but it currently doesn’t have him back on the court. The 6-foot-7 All-Pac-12 performer has been held out of summer workouts dealing with an unspecified foot injury.

“He has had a problem with his foot so we have held him out,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said Tuesday, according to The Register-Guard. “He is still under evaluation to see what the next step is.”

Altman said Brooks, an NBCSports.com second-team preseason All-American, doesn’t have a broken foot, but otherwise was vague as to the exact nature of the injury.

“It is too early to tell,” Altman said. “I have not heard from the doctors one way or another. We are trying to give him and the doctors time to figure out which way to go.”

Brooks decided to take advantage of new NCAA legislation this past spring and declared for the NBA Draft before ultimately deciding in late May to return to the Ducks. That decision is a large reason why we have Oregon slotted fifth in our Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25.  

While it certainly too soon and there is not enough information to draw any serious conclusions about the severity of the injury, the fact that Brooks, who averaged 16.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists last season, isn’t practicing and there isn’t yet a diagnosis is certainly a situation worth closely monitoring, given Brooks’ importance to the Ducks, and, consequently, the larger college basketball landscape.

Three collegians selected for Canada’s Pan-American Games squad

SEATTLE, WA - MARCH 22:  Kyle Wiltjer #33 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs reacts after points in the first half of the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyArena on March 22, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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With the ongoing Pan-American Games and the FIBA Americas Championships scheduled for late August, this summer is an important one for Canada Basketball as head coach Jay Triano looks to lead the team to a spot in next summer’s Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. Saturday the team for the Pan-American Games was announced, and among the 12 players who will suit up for Triano are three who will play college basketball next season.

Gonzaga’s Kyle Wiltjer, Oregon’s Dillon Brooks and Kentucky’s Jamal Murray all made the cut, as did current NBA players Anthony Bennett (Minnesota), Andrew Nicholson (Orland0) and Sim Bhullar (Sacramento).

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There are other recent ties to college basketball on the roster, with guards Junior Cadougan (played at Marquette), Brady Heslip (played at Baylor) and Daniel Mullings (played at New Mexico State), and forward Melvin Ejim (played at Iowa State) being selected. Aaron Dornekamp and Carl English complete Canada’s roster for the Games, with competition in men’s basketball beginning July 21.

All three current college players on the roster have prior international experience, with Brooks being a member of Canada’s U19 team that played at the FIBA U19 World Championships in Crete earlier this summer. Brooks was one of the top scorers in Crete, averaging 18.8 points (second in the event), 6.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

Wiltjer represented Canada at the World University Games two years ago, and Murray played for Canada’s U17 team in last summer’s FIBA U17 World Championships.

Oregon’s Dillon Brooks soars for a two-handed dunk in Canada U19’s win over Australia

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Dillon Brooks and the Canadian U19 team began the preliminary round in the 2015 FIBA World Championships with a narrow 74-71 win over Australia in Group C play at the Heraklion Indoor Sports Arena on the island of Crete in Greece.

Like last summer at the FIBA U18 Americas Championships in Colorado, Brooks was the star, scoring a game-high 22 points and throwing down this thunderous two-handed dunk in traffic early in the first quarter.

Brooks, who averaged 11.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season at Oregon, headlines a Canadian team that includes UNLV commit Justin Jackson, a four-star commit in the Class of 2016, Harvard forward Chris Egi and incoming Harvard sharpshooter Corey Johnson.

Canada continues pool play on Sunday against Tunisia, which lost to Italy earlier in the day.

Canada’s U19 World Championships tryout features multiple Division I players

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FIBA has the World Championships for U19 in late June and the Canadian national team has a number of Division I college basketball players trying out for its team. A 19-man tryout group was assembled for June 6-10 and Oregon forward Dillon Brooks, Harvard forward Chris Egi, Missouri wing Montaque Gill-Caesar, UNLV guard Jalen Poyser and Seattle guard Jadon Cahee made the list.

UNLV commit Justin Jackson is also trying out for the team and there are a few other potential Division I prospects among the group. This same Canada group captured the silver medal at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 championships in Colorado Springs, so they’re going to be one of the stronger teams in the field.

Some of these players could greatly benefit from playing in this competition and it’ll be interesting to see if Canada can make a push for another medal.

Looking Forward: Potential Breakout Stars in 2015-16

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With the early entry process over and with just about every elite recruit having picked a school, we now have a pretty good idea of what college basketball will look like in 2015-16. Over the next three weeks, we’ll be taking an early look at next season.

Today, we’re Looking Forward at potential breakout stars:

Grayson Allen, Duke: The argument could be make that Allen has already broken out. That’s what happens when a freshman goes from struggling to get off of Duke’s bench to being arguably their most important player in a come-from-behind win in the national title game. Allen is going to once again have his work cut out for him getting playing time — that’s what happens when three five-star perimeter players join the program — but he should be Coach K’s best slasher next season.

Malik Pope, San Diego State: Pope’s tools are off the charts. He’s a 6-foot-9 wing with length, athleticism and three-point range. He finally got healthy midway through his freshman season, and proceeded to put together a handful of dominant performances for the Aztecs last season. If he adds some strength, improves his consistency and — most importantly — stays healthy, we could be looking at a lottery pick.

Isaac Copeland, Georgetown: Copeland is such a skilled forward. In addition to being 6-foot-8 and athletic, Copeland is the kind of versatile offensive talent that usually thrives under John Thompson III. With the Hoyas losing Josh Smith and Mikael Hopkins, there are going to be front court minutes for the taking.

READ MORE: The NBCSports.com preseason top 25

Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame: Jackson flashed some of his ability during last year’s NCAA tournament, but the fact of the matter is that the talented and athletic point guard was the fourth-best player on the Irish as a sophomore. Don’t be surprised to see him become an all-american as a junior as he takes over Jerian Grant’s role.

Jakob Poeltl, Utah: Poeltl could have been a lottery pick had he decided to go to the NBA this spring. Instead, Larry Krystkowiak will have a chance to work his magic with the Austrian big man for an entire offseason. Poeltl’s potential is very high, and while he was inconsistent as a freshman, Poeltl was fantastic in the month of March.

Marcus Lee, Kentucky: Will Marcus Lee finally get his chance this season? The former top 30 recruit has proven to be effective in the limited minutes that he has played the last two season, but his minutes have been understandably limited during his time in Lexington. He may not be Willie Cauley-Stein or Karl Towns, but Lee should be an excellent sidekick to Skal Labissiere in Kentucky’s front court.

Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin: Koenig was brilliant when he got the chance to replace the injured Traevon Jackson as Bo Ryan’s primary point guard midway through the season. With the Badgers losing so much this offseason, Koenig and Nigel Hayes will be tasked with keeping the Badgers in the Big Ten’s top four.

Josh Hart, Villanova: Hart is the typical power wing that Jay Wright has been so successsful with over the years. He’s a better scorer than he gets credit for and is a terrific defender and offensive rebounder. Hart should end up being an all-Big East player this season.

Dillon Brooks, Oregon: Brooks reclassified in the spring and enrolled at Oregon a year earlier than initially expected, and it ended up being fantastic for Dana Altman, as Brooks was, at times, Oregon’s best player. Expect more of the same from him as a sophomore.

Jonathan Motley, Baylor: Motley was just a three-star recruit when he arrived in Waco, but the athletic, 6-foot-10 center had some truly dominating performances during the year. Motley, teaming with Rico Gathers and Taurean Prince, will give the Bears one of the nation’s best front lines.

Ben Bentil, Providence: Bentil was fantastic for the Friars for stretches late in the season, and with LaDontae Henton graduating, there will shots and rebounds available for Bentil to collect.

Oregon’s Dillon Brooks dunks on Wisconsin big man (VIDEO)

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N0. 8 Oregon has a tough task Sunday afternoon, as they take on West Region No. 1 Wisconsin in Omaha. What helps the Ducks’ cause is plays like the one made by freshman forward Dillon Brooks, who went baseline and dunked on Wisconsin 7-footer Frank Kaminsky.

Oregon’s chances of winning may be slim, but there’s no denying the quality of this finish.

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