Washington senior guard Scott Suggs will have surgery on his right foot Friday and is expected to be out 8 weeks.
While the Huskies began fall practice Friday afternoon at Edmundson Pavilion, a few blocks away senior guard Scott Suggs underwent surgery to repair a fracture on his right pinkie toe.
He’s expected to miss the next eight weeks.
Washington is well-stocked in the backcourt, but the loss of its co-captain is an early test of the team’s depth.
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“He was playing his best basketball, so you lose that,” UW coach Lorenzo Romar said. “And he was our leading shooter, shooting 45 percent from the three-point line. You lose that.
“You lose a defender. You lose a guy who’s experienced with the know-how and was playing really well. In spite of our depth, that’s still losing a lot as far as I’m concerned.”
Suggs had been bothered by discomfort in his foot for several weeks and Romar said the UW guard “felt something pop” earlier this week.
He underwent tests that confirmed a fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, and team doctor Chris Wahl performed the surgery at the UW Medical Center.
“Usually in those situations, you could gimp through it, but one wrong move and now you have a clean break,” Romar said. “Now you can’t play through that. So it’s better that he got it taken care of now without the risk of breaking it (worse).”
Suggs considered not having surgery, and his toe would have needed about 12 weeks to heal.
He’s expected to return Dec. 10, which would make him available to play against Duke at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Suggs, a native of Washington, Mo., was looking forward to returning home and playing at Saint Louis on Nov. 20.
“The only reason we’re playing that game is for him,” Romar said. “I know a lot of people were excited to see him play.”
Suggs was hoping for a breakout season after a slow start at Washington. He averaged 1.3 points in 18 games as a freshman and 4.7 points in 35 games as a sophomore.
Despite missing five games due to a sprained knee, he raised his scoring average to 7.4 points last season. He started 10 of 31 games, and his 45 percent on three-pointers ranked third in the Pac-10.
Suggs is the third-leading returning scorer and was expected to compete for a starting job this season.
“I’m just more confident with another year of experience,” he said this week.
Sophomores Terrence Ross and C.J. Wilcox will likely be tabbed to replace Suggs’ production.
“I felt bad for him,” Romar said of Suggs. “He had worked hard. He’s playing so well. He’s playing with a high level of confidence. You could just see it.
“I’d feel bad for him if he was a junior or a sophomore, but as a senior that’s when you want everything to go right. You don’t want any setbacks.”
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