UConn men: Evans out for a “significant” time

Connecticut’s R.J. Evans, left, is fouled by Massachusetts Lowell’s James McDonnell during the first half of an exhibition college basketball game in Hartford, Conn., Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

John F. Silver

UConn backup guard R.J. Evans is out for an extended period of time after injuring the sternal-clavicular area in his chest. Evans will be out a “significant” amount of time according to a UConn spokesman.

Evans will miss Sunday’s home date against Stony Brook and likely longer.

Evans’ injury deals another blow to a thin UConn roster as the senior guard was the glue in many ways to UConn’s bench. A Connecticut native who transferred to UConn this summer as a postgraduate student after a standout career at Holy Cross, Evans was a stable force off the bench averaging 5.8 points per game and providing defense and leadership as the only senior on the roster.

Evans

UConn is already thing with transfers and scholarship limitations ravaging the roster in the past two years and Evans was a welcome addition. Evans was averaging 20.6 minutes a game and was shooting 63.6 percent from the floor. UConn coach Kevin Ollie has raved about Evans’ energy and leadership on the 4-1 Huskies.

In Evans’ place the backup guard spot falls to a combination of true freshman Omar Calhoun, who is averaging 9.2 points per game and perhaps sophomore Brendan Allen, a former walk-on who earned a scholarship in October.

The Huskies will also be without freshman forward Leon Tolksdorf, who is out with a sprained left knee. Tolksdorf has played sparingly this season averaging 0.5 points per game in 5.5 minutes.