Brandon Ashley foot injury: Arizona forward officially out for season

Christian Petersen

The Arizona Wildcats received a confirmation that Brandon Ashley will be out for the year with a broken foot.

The Arizona Wildcats learned Sunday that forward Brandon Ashley will not return this year after suffering a foot injury in a loss to the California Golden Bears. Said UA coach Sean Miller in a statement:

"While we're all disappointed, we are also aware that Brandon needs our support and positive energy surrounding him," Miller said in the statement. "Someone once told me, the hottest heat forges the strongest steel. This adversity will ultimately make Brandon and our team stronger moving forward."

It's expected that Ashley has a broken foot, though the Arizona press release issued to media outlets did not specify the severity of the injury. Ashley finishes the season with averages of 11.5 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game.

Now, the Wildcats will be forced to move forward with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson taking Ashley's place in the starting lineup, and with Gabe York and Jordin Mayes' roles becoming bigger as Arizona is forced into more three-guard lineups. Matt Korcheck could also earn more time in the frontcourt, but he's less of a known factor than the depth at guard.

And in general, Arizona's interior defense suddenly takes a step backward, and the Wildcats' tournament hopes take an enormous hit.

Immediately, Arizona likely sees a drop in the rankings, and while it should still be able to win a good amount of Pac-12 contests, the likelihood of easily moving deep into the NCAA tournament suddenly decreases.

Miller will now be tasked with developing a gameplan that gives a more perimeter-oriented but less talented shooting lineup better opportunities.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Arizona Desert Swarm

You must be a member of Arizona Desert Swarm to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Arizona Desert Swarm. You should read them.

Join Arizona Desert Swarm

You must be a member of Arizona Desert Swarm to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Arizona Desert Swarm. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker