VCU’s Marcus Evans suffers second Achilles injury

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VCU’s Marcus Evans has suffered another Achilles injury.

A year after tearing his left Achilles, the junior guard suffered a tear of his right Achilles while playing pickup basketball last week, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The severity of the injury is unknown, but Evans is undergoing a surgical procedure Monday.

“We won’t know until after the surgery, because some are quicker than others,” VCU coach Mike Rhoades told the Times-Dispatch. “Others take longer.”

Evans played his first two seasons under Rhoades at Rice before joining him at VCU. With the Owls, Evans averaged 21.6 points as a freshman and 19.0 points per game as a sophomore. He also averaged 3.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.

“He has experience from dealing with the last one, so that will help him jump right into rehabbing it,” Rhoades said. “And he’s a determined young man, and he’s being tested again. But I know he’s a tough kid, and he’ll rehab really hard and get back when he’s ready.”

Evans was cleared to practice about five months after his injury a year ago, making VCU hopeful he can he can get on the floor this season.

“The one thing is guys are going to get a lot of reps this summer handling the basketball,” Rhoades said. “And then when Marcus comes back I think it’s only going to help us.”