Texas Longhorns center Cameron Ridley fractured his left foot in practice Sunday, putting the remainder of his NCAA career in doubt.
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Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com, citing the school, passed along the news on Ridley. The senior big man has had an excellent 2015-16 campaign to date with averages of 12.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per contest.
One of the rare top-flight players of today who's stuck around for all four years of his college career, Ridley has made considerable strides and was clearly on course for his best season to date.
After serving as a starter since his freshman year and appearing in 102 games during his first three seasons with the team, this injury is a crushing blow for the 22-year-old. The Longhorns don't have anyone who can come close to emulating Ridley's impact at both ends of the floor.
In addition to his prowess as a rim protector, the 6'9", 285-pound Ridley is an imposing post presence who can wear down opposing frontcourt players and crash the glass unlike anyone else Texas has on its squad.
Chris Stone of Rush the Court weighed in on Ridley's rebounding prowess in analyzing the implications of his absence:
Senior Prince Ibeh may see an increased role since he's averaged three boards per game in an average of only 9.5 minutes of action this season. Forward Connor Lammert (5.2 RPG) is the only other Longhorns player who pulls down more rebounds per game than Ibeh.
Longhorns head coach Shaka Smart often went small and quick with his lineups at Virginia Commonwealth, so it stands to reason Texas will adopt a similar philosophy with a unique player in Ridley sidelined indefinitely.