Butler Bulldogs junior forward Roosevelt Jones will miss the entire 2013-14 basketball season after suffering ligament damage in his left wrist.
The school said Jones sustained the injury in the first game of the Bulldogs' recent exhibition trip to Australia. He was Butler's top returning scorer and rebounder.
"Roosevelt suffered an injury that resulted in ligament damage to his left wrist, and he'll undergo season-ending surgery," said Butler head athletic trainer Ryan Galloy in a statement released by the school on Friday. "His prognosis is good and he's expected to make a full recovery for next season."
The 6-foot-4 forward started all 36 games for the team last season, averaging 10.1 points and 5.6 rebounds for a Butler squad that was 27-9.
"First and foremost, our thoughts are with Roosevelt," stated new Butler coach Brandon Miller. "He has worked very hard to position himself to have a terrific junior year. Having said that, Roosevelt is a tough-minded, determined young man, and I am confident he will return from this adversity an even better player and person. Despite not playing, Roosevelt will continue to have an impact in leading this team as we move forward."
The Bulldogs, after a brief one-year stay in the Atlantic 10, become a member of the Big East Conference this fall.