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.