Derek Potter of the Men's Basketball Team Injures Foot

Nov. 2, 2000

Corvallis, Ore. - Oregon State University true freshman center Derek Potter broke a bone in his left foot Wednesday and will be out at least six weeks, it was announced by Beaver Head Coach Ritchie McKay.

The 6'11' Potter had not practiced at full strength this year due to a stress fracture in the same foot. He broke the fifth metatarsal (little toe) during a shooting drill Wednesday. The injury is similar to the one keeping sophomore guard Emonte Jernigan's on the sidelines.

Potter came to Oregon State from Handsworth Secondary in North Vancouver, B.C. He averaged 28 points and 16 rebounds last season and was named to the All-Canadian Team.

The list of players out of the lineup numbers three, as junior forward Philip Ricci joins Potter and Jernigan. Ricci underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday. The three players are expected to return to practice prior to the Pac-10 Conference season in January. Ricci has elected to redshirt and will have two years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2001-2002 season.

'My biggest concern is our lack of depth due to injuries,' McKay said. 'We absolutely can't afford another injury.'

Oregon State begins its exhibition season Mon., Nov. 6 vs. Start Bratislava of Slovakia. The regular season opener is Nov. 17 at Gill Coliseum against Cal-State Fullerton.

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