Jim Jackson Has Foot Injury, Will Miss Remainder of Games
Jim Jackson, the leading scorer for the United States men’s basketball team, will miss the remainder of Pan American Games because of a stress fracture in his left foot.
Jackson, who will be a junior at Ohio State, returned with the team from Miami Wednesday night with his foot in a cast. He had X-rays and a bone scan taken after practicing with the team Wednesday morning. Doctors then decided to put the foot in a cast.
“The doctors said it would be better if I didn’t play,” Jackson said. “It really hasn’t been bothering me, but I mentioned to the trainer a couple of days ago that I felt a little pain in my foot.”
Jackson, the Big Ten player of the year last season, averaged 18.2 points and a team-leading 3.2 assists for the U.S. team, which is undefeated in five games.
Jackson will be re-evaluated by the doctors at Ohio State when he returns.
U.S. Coach Gene Keady didn’t indicate what lineup changes would be made.
“The first thing I told the kids (when they assembled in July) was that you have got to expect the unexpected,” Keady said. “I think the strength of the team is its depth and character, so it is going to be tested now.”