ATHENS — Georgia men’s basketball coach Tom Crean said he doesn’t anticipate sophomore forward Rayshaun Hammonds returning to play this season.
“Right now I do not see him being able to play,” Crean said following a 64-39 Senior Night loss to Missouri at Stegeman Coliseum on Wednesday.
“There will be more definitive details later.”
Hammonds, a 6-foot-8, 235-pounder from Norcross, is believed to have a foot injury.
Hammonds didn’t play in Wednesday night’s loss against the Tigers after playing just five minutes last Saturday at Florida. He was held out of the Feb. 27 home loss to Auburn, too.
Hammonds is second on the team with 12.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
“Tonight, it finally hit us Ray is not out there,” Crean said after his team’s worst offensive performance of the season and the program’s lowest scoring output since a 2004 loss to Vanderbilt.
“He is one of our two leading scorers, you have to guard him all over the court, he can facilitate, he’s our inbounder, then all the sudden he’s not out there.”
Georgia (11-19 2-15 SEC) returns to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday at South Carolina in the regular season finale.
The SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament begins next Wednesday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
Georgia is assured of the 7 p.m. (eastern) game on Wednesday (TV: SEC Network) against Missouri, Texas A&M or Arkansas.
Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean