Point Guard Brooks Suffers Ankle Injury In Practice

Jan. 14, 2003

USC sophomore point guard Brandon Brooks dislocated his left ankle and suffered a fractured fibula in practice on Tuesday (Jan. 14) and likely will miss the remainder of the season, USC Coach Henry Bibby announced.

'Brandon is a valuable part of this team and will be missed,' Bibby said. 'We're hoping for the best for him. This definitely puts more pressure on the point guard spot. The rest of the guys on the team will have to pick up the slack.'

Brooks, a first-year junior college transfer from Portland, Ore., averaged 4.5 points and a team-high 3.5 assists in 15.0 minutes in 10 games as a reserve. He scored a season-high nine points at Washington State to go with five assists.

The injury leaves two scholarship point guards on the Trojan roster: senior Robert Hutchinson and sophomore Derrick Craven. Hutchinson, who is still nursing a sprained ankle that has forced him to miss four games this year, is averaging 7.4 points in seven games, starting four times. Craven, who has started the last seven games, is averaging 3.0 points.

USC (6-5 overall, 2-1 in the Pac-10) hosts No. 2 Arizona on Thursday (Jan. 16) at 7:30 p.m. and Arizona State on Saturday (Jan. 18) at 8 p.m.

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