Cal confirmed Thursday morning that senior point guard Tyrone Wallace broke his right hand and will miss the NCAA tournament.
A spokesman said it’s the same hand, but a different bone than he broke in January. Cal said the recovery time for this injury is 3 to 5 weeks.
The Bears open NCAA play Friday morning against Hawaii. Coach Cuonzo Martin said junior Sam Singer will start at point guard.
Cal was 3-2, including a win over Arizona, during the five games Wallace missed the first time he broke his hand.
Wallace is the Bears’ leading scorer at 15.3 points per game and also contributes 5.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists. A first-team all-Pac-12 selection as a junior, he was coming off a season-high 26-point performance in Cal’s overtime loss to Utah in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals.
A 6-foot-6 senior from Bakersfield, Wallace considered entering the NBA draft after his junior season in 2015, but returned in order to complete his degree and to play in the NCAA with a young, talented team that includes Brown and Ivan Rabb.
The news is the latest in a tumultuous week for the program. Assistant coach Yann Hufnagel was fired Monday for sexual harassment of a female report, and Martin is part of a campus review to determine whether his response to the Hufnagel situation was prompt and appropriate.