Guard Bryce Dejean-Jones, who had to sit out the entire 2011-12 season after transferring to UNLV from USC, may have to wait a little longer before making his official Runnin’ Rebel debut.
The school reported Friday that the 6-foot-5 guard sustained fractures of his third and fourth metacarpal bones in his left (non-shooting) hand during a workout on Thursday and will be sidelined between four to six weeks.
UNLV opens practice on Oct. 12 and plays its first exhibition game on Nov. 7 against Dixie State at the Thomas & Mack Center. So if Bryce-Jones is a quick healer, it’s possible he could be back for that contest.
The Rebels’ first two official games are Nov. 12 against Northern Arizona and Nov. 17 against Jacksonville State, both at the Thomas & Mack. UNLV doesn’t hit the meat of its schedule until a Nov. 23 home date against Oregon.
Dejean-Jones averaged 7.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals as a freshman at USC where he started 10 games before transferring midway through the 2010-11 season. He was UNLV’s second leading scorer (13.5 ppg) and tied Anthony Marshall for the rebounding lead (6.0) during the team’s four-game exhibition tour of Canada in August.
“We have all seen how hard Bryce has worked to get ready for the season,” UNLV coach Dave Rice said. “I know he will work equally hard to be ready to play when he is cleared from this injury. This is adversity for Bryce and four our team and we will all support him as he goes through this.”
Fortunately for the Rebels, the team has good depth at the guard position. Besides Marshall, a returning all-Mountain West pick at point guard, the team returns senior Justin Hawkins to go along with a trio of talented incoming freshmen, Katin Reinhardt, Savon Goodman and Dequan Cook.
— Steve Guiremand/MyLVsports.com