Gonzaga G Bryant Crawford’s broken finger will further test Eagles’ depth


Gonzaga will be without veteran guard Bryant Crawford for the forseeable future. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Gonzaga junior guard Bryant Crawford will be out indefinitely after breaking his finger during practice last week, according to Eagles Coach Steve Turner. The highly touted player’s absence was felt over the weekend at the Gonzaga D.C. Classic, where the Eagles lost all three games and have now dropped five in a row.

Crawford has battled injuries for much of his career at Gonzaga. He missed his freshman season after breaking his leg and was sidelined for part of this past summer following knee surgery. Prior to his most recent injury, Crawford was averaging six points in three games for the Eagles (1-5).

Freshman guard Chris Lykes started in Crawford’s place and had a team-high 21 points in Sunday’s loss to Coolidge. Senior forward Jordan Abdur-Ra’oof, who is still working his way back from a leg injury that sidelined him in Gonzaga’s first two games, now stands as the lone Eagle who logged significant minutes last season. Gonzaga is also without junior guard Jabari Greenwood, who is recovering from a knee injury sustained at the end of football season.

In Crawford’s absence, the Eagles will rely more on their frontcourt, which features junior forward Sam Miller, who is averaging a team-high 15.8 points, forward Bradley Jacks and swingman RaMond Hines.

The Eagles will have five days to regroup before taking on Washington Catholic Athletic Conference rivals Carroll on Saturday and No. 2 St. John’s on Monday.

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Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.
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