A day after the “tweak” heard around the Commonwealth, Virginia basketball fans can breathe a sigh of relief.
Well, sort of.
Sources close to the program have told The Daily Progress that the X-rays on point guard Jontel Evans’ right foot showed no further damage.
But on the flip side, Evans will miss Saturday’s home game with Mississippi Valley State. The prognosis and timetable for the senior captain’s return is unclear.
Evans surgically repaired foot flared up on him during the second half of Virginia’s win over Tennessee on Wednesday night.
Prior to leaving the game, Evans looked like his old self. In his first start of the season, he scored on two drives to the basket during the key 11-0 run in the second half.
Freshman Teven Jones is expected to take Evans’ spot in the starting lineup on Saturday. Jones has filled in admirably for Evans this season and is one of the main reasons why Virginia has turned things around after a 1-2 start.
Due to winter break, UVa has only four games left this month and should be able to skate by without Evans.
Virginia could choose to rest Evans all the way until the start of ACC play on Jan. 6 against North Carolina, though coach Tony Bennett and staff would probably want him to get him some game action well before then.
If Evans’ injury lingers, a medical redshirt is an option at UVa’s disposal.