Lucas' return is uncertain

Updated: October 29, 2004, 1:38 AM ET
Associated Press

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State forward David Lucas underwent surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right big toe, leaving the Beavers without their leading returning scorer and rebounder for at least part of the regular season, coach Jay John said Thursday.

Lucas, a senior, averaged 17.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game last season, and was named All-Pacific 10.

"We are hopeful we will have David back at some point this season," John said in a press release. "We also understand the nature of the rehabilitation process and we will not rush his return."

Lucas, who can't redshirt because of eligibility rules, played with a sore toe last season, but aggravated the injury before the start of fall practice.

Lucas' father, former NBA star Maurice Lucas, told The Oregonian that the surgery went well.

"I talked to the doctor, and the doctor said he was fine," Lucas said. "He's expecting a full recovery in a timely fashion."

The Beavers, coming off a 12-16 season, will also start the season without 3-point specialist Angelo Tsagarakis. The reserve guard is out until December with a dislocated shoulder.

Forward Jim Hanchett is out of the lineup until the football season ends and forward Nick DeWitz can't play until Dec. 11 because of NCAA transfer rules.

The Beavers open the regular season Nov. 17 against Siena.


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