Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Virginia starting point guard Jontel Evans won't be able to play for six weeks after having surgery performed on his right foot, putting his timeline for return shortly after the Cavaliers' season opener.
Evans was expected to play a large role as a senior after leading the team in assists and steals each of the past two seasons. The 5'11" guard from Hampton, Va. started every game for a Cavaliers team that was a 10-seed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. He averaged career highs in points (7.3) and assists (3.9) and was named to the ACC All-Defensive Team. It's unclear how he hurt the foot that required surgery.
The good news is that Evans' injury most likely won't have a major effect on Virginia's season. The six-week timeframe puts Evans' recovery shortly after the team's season opener, which will be Nov. 9 against George Mason. Evans should be ready to play with his team only having played a handful of games without him, with ample time to shake off rust and get back into the rotation before the start of conference play.