Dewayne Dedmon Out with Stress Fracture
USC sophomore Dewayne Dedmon could possibly miss the next six weeks of the season. Coach Kevin O'Neill announced today that the seven-foot forward was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right foot.
Dedmon was averaging 7.7 points and 6.0 rebounds as a starter in the first seven games of the season for the Trojans. Dedmon had described some discomfort in his foot prior to Saturday's game versus the South Carolina Gamecocks, but was never limited by the pain until after the game. He picked up 15 points, pulled down eight rebounds, and snatched up three steals in the USC's 68-65 win over South Carolina in the Las Vegas Invitational.
An MRI was taken on Monday and detected the stress fracture in the big man's foot. Dedmon will be using a walking boot and participate in very limited exercises. He will be re-evaluated on a weekly basis, but he will likely miss four-to-six weeks.
This is the second injury that the transfer from Antelope Valley College has suffered this year. The first happened during unofficial practices in the preseason when Dedmon suffered a non-displaced fracture in his right hand and was forced to where a splint from Oct. 11 to Nov. 9, two days before the Trojans' season opener.