The mysterious foot injury ailing Oregon star Dillon Brooks has taken a bit of an ominous turn.
The 6-foot-6 junior underwent surgery last week and will not participate in the team’s upcoming tour of Spain, Steve Mims of the Register Guard reported Monday.
There’s still be no clarification of the exact nature of the injury other than coach Dana Altman saying last month that Brooks did not have a broken foot. There’s currently no timetable for his return, according to Mims.
We’re still months away from the start of the 2016-17 season so there’s plenty of time for Brooks to recover from his injury – whatever it is – but it’s hard not to be concerned about his health now that’s he’s spent the whole of the summer off the court. The Ducks are a likely top-five preseason team and Brooks’ decision to forego the NBA and return – along with his 16.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game – is a big reason why,
Whatever the extent of Brooks’ injury and the invasiveness of the surgery, this has not been the summer the Ducks were hoping for. Whether it will impact their hopes for the upcoming season will remain to be seen.