Junior forward Richie Phillips will be forced to end his basketball career at the University of Nevada due to reoccuring tibial stress fractures and chronic pain, fifth-year Nevada head coach Mark Fox announced Friday.
“It’s always sad when a kid’s career ends, but when it is taken from him by reasons out of his control, it’s heartbreaking. This was very difficult news for Richie to receive, and I feel terrible for him,” Fox said. “Richie will remain a part of our program and is on track to graduate in December. It’s unfortunate that his bones haven’t been able to handle the stresses of what we do.”
According to Nevada’s athletic trainer Shelly Germann, Phillips has reoccurent tibial stress fractures in his right shin, despite multiple surgeries and an intramedullary nail placed in his lower leg, and chronic pain.
“Obviously I am very disappointed that I won’t be able to finish my career on the court for the Wolf Pack. I want to thank my teammates, my coaches and the fans for all the support they have shown me over the past four years. I have been fortunate to enjoy so many good experiences with our WAC championships and postseason appearances and to play with so many good players.”
The 6-7, 220-pound forward from Seattle, Wash., played in 48 career games, including 33 with two starts this season, despite being severely limited by injuries each year. Phillips came to Nevada from Franklin High School in Seattle and redshirted in his first year at Nevada in 2005-06.