Nevada forward Phillips out at least month

Some bad news for Nevada basketball fans. Wolf Pack coach Mark Fox says forward Richie Phillips will be out four to six weeks with a stress fracture in his lower left leg.

The 6’7”, 220-pound sophomore has been plagued with injuries since he came to Nevada from Seattle's Franklin High School and redshirted his first season in 2005-06.

Last season, he was slowed by offseason surgery on his right leg and then missed more time in January and February after suffering a torn finger tendon. He ended up playing in 11 games, averaging about 1 point and 1 rebound per outing.

Fox says he's extremely disappointed because Phillips has made significant progress as a player. He says they hope to get him back as soon as they can.

Nevada hosts Seattle in an exhibition November 3 and opens the regular season November 11 at Central Florida.

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