UNLV basketball:

Bryce Dejean-Jones expected to miss at least a month with fractured hand

Dejean-Jones fractured two bones in his left, non-shooting hand, and is expected to spend the next four to six weeks in a cast

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UNLV guard Bryce Dejean-Jones drives to the basket through the University of Laval defense during their game August 20, 2012 at McGill University in Montreal. The Runnin’ Rebels are in the midst of a four-game exhibition tour in Canada.

Bryce Dejean-Jones

UNLV guard Oscar Bellfield, left, plays one-on-one with Bryce Jones at practice Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011. Launch slideshow »

UNLV may have to begin its basketball season with projected starter Bryce Dejean-Jones on the bench.

Dejean-Jones, a 6-foot-5 sophomore guard, is expected to be in a cast for the next four to six weeks after suffering a hand injury during the Rebels’ team workout Thursday, UNLV coach Dave Rice announced in a press release. Dejean-Jones sustained fractures in his left hand of his third and fourth metacarpal bones, which are the hand bones that lead to the middle and ring fingers.

“We have all seen how hard Bryce has worked to get ready for the season,” Rice said in a statement. “I know he will work equally hard to be ready to play when he is cleared from this injury. This is adversity for Bryce and for our team and we will all support him as he goes through this.”

Adversity, yes, but so long as the original prognosis of four to six weeks holds true, this shouldn’t be a major setback for Dejean-Jones or the Rebels. The regular season opener against Northern Arizona is on Monday, Nov. 12, or more than five weeks from the day he suffered the injury. It’s possible he won’t miss a game at all.

If he does miss some time, this UNLV team is more capable than any other in recent history of picking up the slack. Savon Goodman, a 6-6 freshman forward, looked very impressive during the team’s trip to Canada and could very easily slide into Dejean-Jones’ role for a couple of games.

Dejean-Jones sat on the bench during every home game last season after transferring to UNLV from USC. He longed to be on the court for real after practicing with the team every day. This may set back that official start date for him, but with proper rehab this is just a small bump in a long road for the Rebels.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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  1. Did he break his hand in a fight?

  2. Taylor-
    How did he break his hand?

  3. From the story guys "Dejean-Jones, a 6-foot-5 sophomore guard, is expected to be in a cast for the next four to six weeks after suffering a hand injury during the Rebels' team workout Thursday, UNLV coach Dave Rice announced in a press release. I think that answers how he hurt his hand...in practice

  4. This is the type of injury typically sustained from slam dunks which are a little too "lively". After watching UNLV football last night, hoop season can't get here fast enough...two blocked punts IN A ROW? Really?

  5. Just needed a little more detail Chris.

    Thanks to the RJ:

    "Bryce dunked the ball in transition in traffic and just lost his balance and came down on his left wrist," Rice said. "He got up like he always does, but he couldn't go, and I was very concerned."

    http://www.lvrj.com/sports/rebels-aren-t...