After playing in just two games following his transfer from Villanova, Oregon guard Dylan Ennis’ 2015-16 season has come to an end.
Wednesday evening, shortly before the Ducks’ home game against California, the program announced that Ennis will miss the remainder of the season with a broken left foot. Ennis, who was expected to be a major addition for Dana Altman’s team after making the move from the Big East to the Pac-12, missed Oregon’s first 12 games of the season with a foot injury before returning in late December.
Ennis played a total of 21 minutes in games against Western Oregon and Oregon State, and his ability to both distribute the basketball and score as a primary ball-handler was expected to make the Ducks even tougher for opponents to defend. According to the school Ennis aggravated the original injury in the loss at Oregon State Sunday night, leading to the announcement that he’s done for the year.
Moving forward Oregon will have to rely on sophomore Casey Benson as its starting point guard, with players such as freshman Tyler Dorsey and sophomore Kendall Small (who’s averaging just over 11 minutes per game) needing to be ready to step forward as well. Benson has 43 assists and just eight turnovers on the season, but he isn’t the caliber of scorer at the point that Ennis was expected to be for this team.
Oregon was hit hard by injuries from the start of the season, but with Ennis’ return it appeared as if the Ducks were ready to turn the corner in regards to their health. Now that he’s been ruled out, Oregon will once again have to adjust.