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Report: Rutgers junior forward suffers sprained thumb

Rutgers Scarlet Knights Kadeem Jack and Villanova Wildcats Mouphtaou Yarou battle for a rebound during their NCAA men's championship basketball game at the 2012 Big East Tournament in New York

Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Kadeem Jack (22) and Villanova Wildcats center Mouphtaou Yarou (13) battle for a rebound during the first half of their NCAA men’s championship basketball game at the 2012 Big East Tournament in New York, March 6, 2012. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

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Rutgers received some bad news late this week when junior 6-foot-9 forward Kadeem Jack fell on his hand in practice and sprained his thumb, according to a report from Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press.

“We’re being very cautious with it,” Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan said to Carino. “He’s mature. He understand the healing process and that he has to be disciplined.”

Jack has been one of the most productive power forwards the Scarlet Knights have seen in years as he averaged 14.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game as a sophomore. He’ll likely miss the Rutgers exhibition game, and he could take a bit to heal this injury. That might mean missing some time in the regular season.

In the meantime, Carino mentions in this story that Jack has still been working out at the RAC trying to make his left hand better, even though he’s in a cast.

The upperclassman clearly wants to be a difference-maker in the Big Ten after last season’s breakthrough in the American.

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