With averages of 7.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, Seton Hall junior forward Patrik Auda was off to a solid start in 2012-13. Sadly for Auda and Pirate fans he may be done for the season.
Auda went down early in the second half of Seton Hall’s 76-49 win over Maine on Wednesday night with a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot. Whether or not surgery is needed, it is feared that Auda has played his final game of the season.
“He probably broke that more than likely,” Willard said. “We don’t know that for sure — we’ll have to wait for tomorrow and the x-ray, but Dr. Anthony Festa is as good as it gets and he’s our team doctor. When he says that’s probably what is is, he’s been correct 100 percent of the time.”
Willard said that depending on the severity of the break, Auda may require surgery, but there is a possibility that it may be able to heal on its own.
“It doesn’t look good either way,” the Pirates head coach said.
The loss of Auda is a significant blow to Seton Hall’s front court rotation, as he and Gene Teague (12.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg) have been their most productive options alongside junior wing Fuquan Edwin.
Brandon Mobley, although averaging just 4.3 points per game, is also grabbing more than six rebounds per contest and would be the most likely option to grab a sold chunk of the 25 minutes per game that Auda played.
After that Willard can do one of two things: ask for more production from Aaron Geramipoor, who is averaging just 8.6 minutes per game, or go small with Edwin at the four and another wing (Brian Oliver to name one) or guard playing the three.
Regardless of what Seton Hall does to account for the loss of Auda they’ll miss him, especially when it comes time to face some of the deeper front courts in the Big East.
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