One of the biggest questions coming into this 2020 season was how the Oregon men’s basketball team would replace four-year starting point guard Payton Pritchard.
Junior guard Will Richardson was set to fill that starting role for the foreseeable future, but now it will be some time before Richardson sees the court.
Minutes ahead of Oregon’s season-opener on the road against Missouri in Omaha, Nebraska, the team reported that Richardson underwent successful surgery on his left thumb (shooting hand) and will miss approximately six weeks time.
Richardson was the most experienced Duck on this roster coming into this season, seeing action in 69 games. Last season, the 6’5” guard averaged 11.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 30.4 minutes per game. He was one of the most-improved players in the entire conference. Richardson led the Pac-12 Conference in three-point field goal percentage last season (46.9 percent).
Both Richardson and senior Chris Duarte were named to the preseason All-Pac-12 First-Team.
Should Richardson be out for the full six weeks, the Ducks could see him back potentially on the road at Colorado and Utah (January 7-9) or at home against the Arizona schools (January 14-16).
Against the Tigers, head coach Dana Altman went with Chris Duarte, Amauri Hardy, Eugene Omoruyi, Eric Williams Jr., and N’Faly Dante for the first starting lineup of the season.
Hardy, a senior transfer from UNLV, averaged 14.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game last season and earned Third-Team All-Mountain West Conference honors.