UMass freshman guard DeJon Jarreau has stress fracture in foot

  • UMass guard DeJon Jarreau, right, has been sidelined with a fracture in his right foot. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

Published: 11/23/2016 12:57:15 PM

AMHERST — The results of an MRI on DeJon Jarreau’s foot splashed some cold water on the early season optimism for the UMass men’s basketball team.

The freshman guard has a stress fracture in his right foot and will be re-evaluated in four to six weeks.

“He has a small hairline fracture in his foot,” Minuteman coach Derek Kellogg said Wednesday. “It’s disappointing for him. He was starting to play well and give us some good play in the backcourt.”

Jarreau, who was named Atlantic 10 rookie of the week on Monday, started all four games at point guard for UMass (3-1). The New Orleans native is averaging 12 points, 4.3 rebounds and six assists in 26 minutes per game. He is currently in a walking boot and on crutches.

Kellogg said it is not known when the injury occurred. A blister near the site of his fracture was already creating some discomfort and masked the severity of the injury.

In Jarreau’s absence, Luwane Pipkins and C.J. Anderson will likely play more point guard. Freshman forward Ty Flowers will fill some of the off-the-ball minutes that Pipkins and Anderson had been playing.

Chris Baldwin, who has played exclusively at center so far, could play more at the four spot in a bigger lineup.

“Someone like C.J. will play a little bit more in the backcourt instead of as much in the frontcourt as he has. I think Ty Flowers and Chris Baldwin could get more minutes in different spots,” Kellogg said. “This is the first year in a while where we’ve had a good, deep roster. When one guy takes a step back, it’s time for the other guys to come forward and play up to their capabilities. I think Luwane will kind of slide back to the point a little bit more and run the team.”

Pipkins said he is ready.

“I was ready going into the season. With (Jarreau) being out I’m going to have to play point the whole game,” said Pipkins, who is averaging 12.3 points and 3.8 assists in 30.5 minutes. “For us as a team, when he’s out, somebody’s got to step up and take that role.”

Kellogg said, as of now, Jarreau’s injury does not affect a decision about whether or not to redshirt freshman guard Unique McLean.

“That’s still pending,” Kellogg said. “We have talked about it. That hasn’t been a definitive decision.”

Kellogg said he has not decided who will start in Jarreau’s place at 1 p.m. Saturday when the Minutemen host Harvard. Junior transfer Zach Lewis is a likely candidate.

Kellogg said Zach Coleman, who missed the Holy Cross game Sunday, will be available against Harvard.

There is good and bad timing in Jarreau’s injury. If he returns within the projected time frame, he would be back for most of Atlantic 10 play. But he will miss a stretch of time during which UMass has frequent games.

If his injury is slow to heal, Jarreau would be eligible for a medical redshirt.

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