BLOOMINGTON-The MRI results are in on D.J. White's injured foot, and the news is not good.
The 6-9, 230-pound sophomore has a fractured left foot and will be sidelined at least six weeks, according to IU officials. That would put his return in late December, meaning he would miss at least eight games, including marquee non-conference games against Duke (Nov. 30), Kentucky (Dec. 10) and at Charlotte (Dec. 19).
White is expected back in time for the start of the Big Ten season, which opens Jan. 3 against Michigan.
"D.J. is one of the best players in the not only the Big Ten, but in the country," IU Coach Mike Davis said. "He has been playing terrific basketball, and we're going to miss him."
White, a preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection, suffered the injury in the first half of the Hoosiers' exhibition win against St. Joseph's Nov. 4. White scored 13 points in 11 first-half minutes, but left the game twice due to pain in the foot. After he left the court the second time, he returned to the locker room for x-rays.
Those x-rays were inconclusive, prompting IU Coach Mike Davis to suggest on Saturday that he might be sidelined as little as two weeks. But the MRI results confirmed Davis' fears that he would be without his best player for the first month and a half of the season.
Despite the loss, Davis said he believes the Hoosiers have enough depth on their frontline to compensate for his absence.
"We have the depth and talent inside to help fill his void," said Davis. "Sean Kline and Ben Allen have both played well in the preseason and they are going to have to step up their games in his absence. Marco Killingsworth will also have a larger load to carry, but he has the talent to do so."
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