INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –An evaluation performed here Friday on Villanova freshman Jermaine Samuels (Franklin, Mass./The Rivers School) has revealed a fractured bone in the left hand that will keep him out of the lineup indefinitely. The 6-6 forward suffered the injury during the second half of Wednesday night’s 103-85 victory over DePaul.
Samuels posted season highs in points (11), rebounds (three), and minutes (16) in the Wildcats’ win at DePaul. He has logged 78 minutes in 12 games for VU thus far in 2017-18.
“We’re all very disappointed for Jermaine,” stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. “He has impressed our staff and his teammates with his intelligence, work ethic, and skills. It’s taken him some time to adapt to our system but he’s made great progress in the last few weeks, as we saw at DePaul. We know he’ll work hard in his rehab to be ready for his return to the court.”
Ironically, Samuels’ classmate, Collin Gillespie, suffered a similar injury to his left hand on Dec. 9 prior to the game at La Salle and has missed the Wildcats’ last four games. There is no time table on a return to basketball activities for either player.
The Wildcats, ranked No. 1 in both major polls for the third consecutive week, return to action tomorrow when they meet Butler at 4 p.m. here (CBS and 610 Sports Radio).
The 2017-18 Villanova Basketball season is presented by KeyBank.