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Injuries are a part of athletics, but this wasn’t the break that the Alabama men’s basketball team needed. Although the rumor had floated around for a day or so, it was Thursday morning before Crimson Tide Coach Avery Johnson confirmed the news that starting freshman guard Dazon Ingram has suffered a season-ending injury.
On Tuesday in practice, Dazon Ingram suffered a fractured left foot. He is scheduled to have surgery Friday morning and will miss the remainder of the season
Ingram helped the Tide to a 5-2 start to the season which included consecutive wins over top-25 opponents for the first time in almost 10 years, with victories over then-No. 20 Wichita State (64-60) on Nov. 27 and then-No. 17 Notre Dame (74-73) on Nov. 29.
“I am extremely disappointed for Dazon and his family,” Johnson said. “Dazon is a special, multi-talented player that we use in a variety of ways and he’ll be missed. At the same time, we are approaching this with a ‘next man up’ mentality. I have a lot of confidence moving forward in Retin Obasohan, Justin Coleman and Lawson Schaffer – they have worked hard and continue to improve every day. The expectation for us is to continue to work hard and play at a high level on both ends of the floor.”
Starting each of the Tide’s seven games this season, Ingram led the team with 5.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game, ranked second in steals (1.1 spg), third in minutes per contest (25.6 mpg) and fourth points per game (7.7) and field goal percentage (.541).
The Tide has been idle since last Sunday’s win over Notre Dame and will travel to Greenville, S.C., this weekend to play Clemson on Sunday.