USC’s much-hyped 7-foot sophomore Dewayne Dedmon will be out as long as 4 to 6 weeks after sustaining a stress fracture to his foot, the athletic department reports. Dedmon is wearing a walking boot and will be re-evaluated on a weekly basis.
USC coach Kevin O’Neill has said Dedmon, who did not begin playing basketball until he was 18, has more athletic ability than any big man he has ever seen. And that includes the NBA, where O’Neill has coached.
USC plays at Cal in the Pac-12 opener on Dec. 29 — four weeks and a day from now — meaning his availability for that game is up for grabs. Here’s more from the L.A. Times.
Meanwhile, after going 10-16 last week, the Pac-12 is 6-0 so far this week . . .
— Arizona 83, New Mexico State 76: The Wildcats (5-2) got a career-high 19 points from freshman Nick Johnson and 15 points and 12 rebounds from Jesse Perry to win in Las Cruces, N.M. Richmond HS product Wendell McKines had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Aggies.
— Oregon 64, UTEP 59: Sophomore Johnathan Loyd shot 6 for 7 from the 3-point arc and scored a career-high 24 points, leading the Ducks (4-1) to victory at Eugene, Ore. The Ducks won on a night that leading scorers Garrett Sim and E.J. Singler combined to shoot 2 for 12.