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Villanova’s Jermaine Samuels to miss 6-8 weeks with broken hand

Nicholls State v Villanova

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 14: Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree #21, Jermaine Samuels #23, Dylan Painter #42, Mikal Bridges #25, Eric Paschall #4, Omari Spellman #14, and Phil Booth #5 of the Villanova Wildcats react from the bench in the second half against the Nicholls State Colonels at the Wells Fargo Center on November 14, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Villanova Wildcats defeated the Nicholls State Colonels 113-77. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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Villanova freshman Jermaine Samuels set career-highs for points (11) and minutes (16) on Wednesday night.

On Friday, the program announced that Samuels suffered a broken bone in his left hand that will keep him out of action for the next 6-to-8 weeks.

“We’re all very disappointed for Jermaine,” stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. “He has impressed our staff and his teammates with his intelligence, work ethic, and skills. It’s taken him some time to adapt to our system but he’s made great progress in the last few weeks, as we saw at DePaul. We know he’ll work hard in his rehab to be ready for his return to the court.”

Villanova, who is undefeated and ranked as the No. 1 team in the country, is also without another reserve, freshman guard Collin Gillispie. He is also out with broken bone in his left hand.