Villanova guard Justin Moore suffered what coach Jay Wright said to be a “pretty severe” sprained ankle in the first half of Saturday’s game against Providence, adding to the growing injury woes for the No. 10 Wildcats.
Moore went down with an ankle injury in the first half of the Wildcats’ 54-52 loss to the Friars and needed to be helped off the court. He eventually went to the locker room before the school announced he wouldn’t return.
“It was pretty severe,” Wright said after the game. “They said right away he’s not going to return. I think we’ll get an MRI tonight or [Sunday] morning.”
Senior guard Collin Gillespie, the team’s starting point guard for the past three seasons, was lost for the season after suffering a torn MCL against Creighton on Wednesday. Moore stepped up after Gillespie’s injury, finishing with 24 points vs. Creighton.
Gillespie, who will undergo surgery in the coming days, said he will consider taking advantage of the extra year the NCAA granted to student-athletes. He said he will start his rehab, however, before he dives into the decision-making process.
“Later on down the line, depending on how I feel, I’ll sit down with the coaches and my parents and then make a decision,” Gillespie said.
Without Gillespie and Moore, Cole Swider started the second half against Providence, and Brandon Slater and Bryan Antoine have seen bigger roles. Chris Arcidiacono, the brother of former Villanova guard Ryan, also played minutes off the bench.