Jack Injures Thumb, Uncertain for Opener

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers basketball may be without its star post player for the rest of the preseason and then some. Senior forward Kadeem Jack sprained his right thumb during a fall in practice last week, and is in a cast and being evaluated weekly by coach Eddie Jordan and the medical staff.

Breaking his fall during a practice last week, Rutgers senior forward Kadeem Jack sprained the thumb on his dominant hand and has an undetermined timetable to return.

Jack spends most of practice working on the sidelines after a stellar start to preseason camp.

“We’re being very cautious with it,” Jordan said. “He’s had a great preseason and we’re going to evaluate him after every week. … No [prognosis], just re-evaluate him on Saturday.”

Jack’s status is unclear for the opener in two weeks against George Washington.

“He understands there’s a healing process,” Jordan said. “He’s got to be disciplined to that.”

Starting wing Junior Etou and backups Malick Kone and D.J. Foreman filled in for Jack in the post alongside centers Shaquille Doorson and Greg Lewis. Jordan described it as a “committee” position until Jack’s return.

Foreman worked directly behind Jack prior to the injury. The true freshman played power forward in high school, and is eager to fill Jack’s shoes.

“This chance is really big,” Foreman said. “I’m hoping he has a speedy recovery so we have a good season, but it’s a chance for me to really show how much I can really play. That gives me more of a chance to develop my game, more opportunities, more of a load on my back. I’m going to be more relied on until he comes back.”

The 6-foot-8 power forward said the Jack injury put more eyes from the coaching staff on him, including extra 1-on-1 work with assistant coach Mike O’Koren.

While injured, Jack plays the role of coach in helping Foreman get ready.

“Kadeem is coaching me up every time I get the ball,” Foreman said. “If I’m not into the offense, he’s telling me he can’t see me and stuff like that. He’s just telling me to get into the offense any way I can.”

Jordan addressed the injury and preparations for a preseason scrimmage at the end of Thursday’s practice at the RAC.

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