Oregon guard Dillon Brooks is reportedly “almost certain” to miss the start of the 2016-17 season as he recovers from foot surgery.
Brooks underwent the surgery in July. Oregon coach Dana Altman did not provide a timetable for his return.
Brooks did not play during the team’s European exhibition tour, but the Ducks still went 4-0. Altman told reporters that Brooks found ways to be involved from the bench during the tour but there was still a “big gap” opened up with the absence of the junior guard on the court.
Brooks’ versatility was a game-changer for the Ducks in 2015-16. There is no doubt that a healthy Brooks is crucial if Oregon hopes to live up to its NCAA Title aspirations.
Brooks averaged 16.7 points per game in Oregon’s Elite 8 campaign last year. He entered the NBA Draft this offseason but withdrew when he did not receive an invitation to the Combine.
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