Jermaine Dixon Out 8 Weeks

Pitt junior guard Jermaine Dixon attempted to work his way back into shape for the start of the Panthers' basketball season and re-injured his right foot.

The ensuing bone graft surgery Wednesday morning corrected a fifth metatarsal fracture, but Jermaine Dixon is expected to miss at least eight weeks. That would get him back on the court sometime in mid-November.

"We fully expect Jermaine to make a full recovery,'' Pittsburgh men's basketball coach Jamie Dixon said. "The surgery was a success, and we know that Jermaine will work hard during the rehabilitation process.''

Dixon originally fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in July. Pitt physicians Dr. Freddie Fu and Dr. Robin West, along with Panthers Athletic Trainer Tony Salesi, anticipated Dixon's return to be in the two-month range.

Pitt faces Binghamton Nov. 17 and Eastern Kentucky Nov. 19 at the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers then leave for Kansas City and the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic Semifinals and Finals Nov. 23 against Wichita State and Nov. 24 in either the consolation or title game.

Jermaine Dixon transferred to Pitt last year and started all 36 contests as the team's shooting guard. He averaged 8.4 points per game, hit 32 of his 3-point attempts, ranked second with 51 steals and finished with a two assist-to-turnover ratio.

Pitt's regular-season opener is against Wofford Nov. 13 at the Pete.

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