Oregon Ducks senior point guard Dylan Ennis will miss the rest of the 2015-16 season with a broken foot.
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Wednesday, Jan. 6
Matt Prehm of 247Sports reported the unfortunate news on Ennis' season-ending injury. He managed to appear in only two games after transferring from the Villanova Wildcats.
Ennis averaged 9.9 points and 3.5 assists last season as a key contributor for a Wildcats squad that locked up a No. 1 NCAA tournament seed before being upset by N.C. State in the third round.
The Ducks have Casey Benson and others to run the point, but no one is as accomplished or as much of an offensive playmaker as Ennis is. He shot respectable percentages of 41.7 from the field and 36.3 from three-point range last season.
As Steve Mims of the Register-Guard pointed out in November, Benson is the only other guard on the Ducks with experience at the highest level of NCAA basketball. Ennis was initially injured in an exhibition win over Northwest Christian in early November.
Although Oregon has fared rather well thus far with an 11-3 record entering Wednesday's game against California, Ennis was a legitimate X-factor who would have bolstered the squad's hopes of a solid March Madness run.
He also had a bit of unfinished business from last year—when Villanova fell short in March Madness—to drive him.
After losing their Pac-12 opener to Oregon State, there's already considerable adversity besetting the Ducks at the moment. Ennis' absence for the year only exacerbates the difficulties that lie ahead for Oregon amid what should be a challenging conference slate.