Tom Zamonski (@tomzamonski)
Drexel has lost senior guard Chris Fouch for the season with a broken ankle, the school announced on Monday.
Fouch took a hard foul early in the second half Saturday during the Dragons’ 61-59 victory over Penn, and went down just in front of Drexel’s bench in severe pain, clutching the ankle. Following the game he was seen wearing a boot and walking with crutches.
The loss of Fouch is a huge blow for the Dragons. The senior has been Drexel’s biggest scoring threat in his four-year career. The 2009-10 CAA Rookie of the Year was one of the league’s top sixth men, scoring 1194 points in just over three seasons as a Dragon prior to the injury.
In Drexel’s opening game, a loss at Kent State, he scored a team-high 24 points and was leading the team in scoring, averaging 16.7 points a game.
Fouch has already taken one redshirt year, back in 2008-09, after injuring his knee before the season. There is a chance he could receive a waiver for a sixth year of eligibility due to two years lost to injury, but it is unknown if he will even pursue that avenue.
“I would bet the NCAA would grant (Fouch) another one,” one D-I coach told CoBL via text. “He deserves it.”
This is the second time the Dragons have lost a key player this week, though Fouch’s injury is easily much more severe. Drexel sophomore Damion Lee is currently sidelined with an injured neck, but he’s only day-to-day.
Fouch’s injury means more playing time for redshirt freshman Tavon Allen. He was Fouch’s replacement last game, and was impressive in his first collegiate action. He played 24 minutes and scored 15 points while shooting 2-for-3 from behind the arc.
Fouch is expected to have surgery later this week.
“Keep Fouch in your prayers as he prepares for surgery,” Drexel coach Bruiser Flint Tweeted on Monday night.