Arizona Wildcats starting point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright has a high-ankle sprain and will miss “a considerable amount of time,” head coach Sean Miller announced Wednesday night after the Wildcats’ 85-63 win over Texas Southern.
Jackson-Cartwright exited with 12:27 left in the first half after getting tangled up defending a ball screen and did not return.
The junior had a noticeable limp after the sequence, but stayed in the game for a short time before being removed and sent to the locker room.
Jackson-Cartwright leads the Wildcats in assists, averaging 6.0 per game heading into Wednesday night’s contest and Kadeem Allen and Kobi Simmons will be tasked with filling in for him.
Miller said x-rays on Jackson-Cartwright’s ankle were negative.
Sean Miller says Parker Jackson-Cartwright will be out a significant amount of time. X-rays negative pic.twitter.com/oU5aS2OZt1— AZ Desert Swarm (@azdesertswarm) December 1, 2016
Jackson-Cartwright’s injury puts Arizona at just seven healthy scholarship players and Miller said he is unsure who the team’s eighth man currently is.
Miller also said the team may explore adding another walk-on, even though they officially added Kory Jones to the roster earlier in the day.
Arizona returns to action Saturday when it faces No. 8 Gonzaga at 3:30 p.m.
After Jackson-Cartwright’s injury, Miller says Arizona needs to “play a great game to have a chance” to win.
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