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VCU guard Marcus Evans suffers Achilles injury for second straight year

The guard’s status for this season is up in the air.

NCAA Basketball: Southern Mississippi at Rice Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

For the second consecutive season, VCU’s Marcus Evans will be sidelined with an achilles injury, according to Fan Rag Sports’ Jon Rothstein. VCU head coach Mike Rhoades told Rothstein that Evans will undergo a procedure on Monday and the extent and severity of his injury will be evaluated at that point.

Evans transferred from Rice with Rhoades before the 2017-18 season. He sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules, but suffered an Achilles injury last year.

He was expected to be a key contributor for the Rams this year. The guard provides a scoring punch from the backcourt, as he averaged 20 points per game during his two years at Rice. Without him, the Rams will rely on guys like Malik Crowfield and De’Riante Jenkins to stabilize the backcourt.

Evans was supposed to have two years of eligibility remaining. If he misses most or all of the upcoming season, he would have to apply for a waiver to retain both of those years.