Arizona’s Jackson-Cartwright to miss ‘substantial’ time with ankle injury

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Arizona Wildcats junior point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright suffered a high ankle sprain during Wednesday night’s 85-63 win over Texas Southern and will miss a “substantial amount of time.” With the injury occurring early in the contest, he scored just two points, grabbed two rebounds, and had one assist and a steal prior to departing.

Entering the game, Jackson-Cartwright was averaging 9.0 points, 6.0 assists, and 3.0 rebounds per game for the Wildcats, having played at least 30 minutes in each of the team’s first six games.

Last season, he averaged just 21.2 minutes per game, averaging 5.2 points and 3.4 assists per game, as he was an ancillary option for the Wildcats. But with the absence of Allonzo Trier to begin the 2016-17 season for Arizona, Jackson-Cartwright has had to take on an expanded role. In his absence, combo guard Kadeem Allen will presumably have to handle point guard duties while the Wildcats go forth without two members of their projected starting backcourt at the start of the season.

Despite weighing just 146 pounds as a high school senior, Jackson-Cartwright was rated as a four-star prospect out of Los Angeles, who received offers from USC and UCLA, but opted for the Wildcats over other Pac-12 candidates such as Arizona State, Washington, and Colorado, as well as other national programs from across the country in Kansas, Georgetown, and St. John’s.

The Wildcats next game comes on Saturday against the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs, who enter the contest 6-0 on the year. Arizona will open Pac-12 Conference play on Dec. 30 when they travel to take on the Cal Golden Bears.

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