Senior center Bradley Hayes, Georgetown's leading rebounder, will be sidelined indefinitely after breaking his left hand in practice Thursday. The team announced the injury and that Hayes underwent surgery shortly before Saturday's 12 p.m. Big East matchup at Providence.
After three seasons of limited playing time, the 7-footer turned into one of the most improved players in the conference, averaging 8.5 points and 6.8 rebounds. Hayes also leads Georgetown with 53.9 field goal percentage.
“It is a blow to our team, but I’m very disappointed for Bradley because of the hard work he has put in over the last four years to put himself in a position to have a good senior year,” coach John Thompson III said. “He had successful surgery today and we expect him to fully recover but we are not sure when he will return.
Six games remain for the Hoyas in the regular season, including Saturday's matchup, before the Big East Tournament in New York City.
Freshman center Jessie Govan likely takes over Hayes' starting role while sophomore Trey Mourning should receive additional minutes. Nether offer interior scoring like Hayes, but both can help open the offense with perimeter shooting.
Georgetown (14-11, 7-5) soundly defeated St. John's 92-67 Monday after losing three straight including 73-69 to Providence on Jan. 31.