Yesterday, Rant Sports NCAA Basketball reported that Drexel Dragons guards Damion Lee’s and Chris Fouch’s statuses for this Thanksgiving weekend’s Anaheim Classic were uncertain. Unfortunately for head coach Bruiser Flint, Drexel fans like the DAC Pack and Fouch himself, the senior scorer will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a nasty ankle injury he suffered late in the team’s victory over the Penn Quakers, Saturday night.
An athletic department spokesperson officially announced the surgery last night, and it seems as if the entire Dragons program is already in mourning. The senior’s impact on the team and the hole that he’s left can be instantly summed up with Flint’s (@ducoachflint) tweet last night, “Chris is a major part of who we are and he will be missed by everyone.”
Not only was Fouch the Dragons’ leading scorer at 16.7 points per game, but he also provided a huge spark for the team on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. With redshirt freshman Tavon Allen poised to step in and attempt to fill in Fouch’s role of “knock-down shooter and lethal scorer off the bench”, Drexel might just be able to keep their CAA foes at bay and win the conference, but one question still remains unanswered.
Will we ever see Fouch in a Dragons uniform again?
Fouch, already a fifth-year senior, already used up his redshirt earlier in his collegiate career. However, going down with an injury so early in the season, it’s not totally unrealistic that the dead-eye shooter could potentially receive an injury-waiver from the NCAA and sign on to play a 6th year at Drexel. Fouch may not even want to explore that option, but it’s still worth speculating.
For now, Drexel will have to rely on standout point guard Frantz Massenat and Allen to seriously pick up the slack in the Dragons’ backcourt and on the wing for the time being.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline.