Chris Ellis Suffers Fractured Foot

Wake Forest sophomore forward Chris Ellis, a key reserve on the Deacons¡¦ 2003 ACC regular season championship team, suffered a broken foot Saturday in the first practice of the season.

Ellis fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in a drill on Saturday at Budd Gymnasium, Wake¡¦s on-campus practice facility. He will have surgery Monday at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Wake Forest¡¦s director of sports medicine, Dr. David Martin, will perform the surgery. No timetable will be set for Ellis¡¦ return until after Monday¡¦s surgery.

¡§First and foremost, I feel badly for Chris Ellis,¡¨ Wake Forest third-year head coach Skip Prosser said. ¡§He worked hard during the off-season to get ready for the year. If there is some good news in this situation, it¡¦s that it happened so early in the year that he will make a full recovery and he will be an important part of our basketball team.

¡§We have had an unfortunate run of injuries during my three years here. We were able to overcome Josh Howard¡¦s leg injury, Justin Gray¡¦s broken jaw and others, and we¡¦ll work hard to overcome this as well.¡¨

Ellis, 6-9, played in all 31 games last season as a freshman. While his per game statistics were modest -- 2.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per game -- he was key to Wake Forest¡¦s success last season. Ellis played an average of just under 13 minutes per game. He had single-game highs of 14 points and 10 rebounds in his rookie season. Wake Forest finished 25-6 last season and won the ACC regular season title outright for the first time in 41 years.

The Deacons open exhibition play Nov. 3 in Lawrence Joel Coliseum against the EA Sports All-Stars. Wake¡¦s regular season opener comes Nov. 13 at Madison Square Garden in New York against Memphis.

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