Considered one of the top players in college basketball this season, Oregon junior forward Dillon Brooks has been a difference-maker for the preseason favorites to win the Pac-12 since his recovery from a foot injury that sidelined him for the first three games of the season. However Saturday evening in the first half of Oregon’s game at Washington State, Brooks made a decision that left the 15th-ranked Ducks short a key contributor (him) as a result.
After falling to the court during a play, Brooks kicked Washington State forward Josh Hawkinson in the groin with 13:20 remaining in the first half. The officials would go to the monitor to review the play, with their decision being that the kick was intentional. Brooks was assessed a flagrant 2 technical foul and ejected from the game as a result.
Was Brooks looking to kick Hawkinson? Or was he kicking out to keep his right foot from being pinned underneath his body as he fell to the court? On Sunday ESPN reported that the Pac-12 has decided that the ejection was sufficient punishment, and Brooks will not face additional penalties. Oregon doesn’t play again until Saturday, January 14 when they host Oregon State.
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