Louis King is not expected to practice Monday so he can rest his sore ankle and get ready for the NCAA Tournament.
The Oregon freshman forward injured his left ankle in the second half of UO’s 79-75 win over Arizona State during the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament Friday night in Las Vegas. He stayed in the game to lead the Ducks with 19 points and seven rebounds.
King walked into T-Mobile Arena prior to Saturday’s title game against Washington with his left foot in a boot and did not go through early workouts on the court with his teammates. He was back in the starting lineup and scored 15 points in 32 minutes to lead the Ducks past Washington 68-48.
“I’m good,” King said when asked how his foot felt during Oregon’s postgame celebration after securing a spot in the NCAA Tournament. “I did this for my teammates, we deserved this win.”
Oregon coach Dana Altman said trainer Clay Jamieson told him Saturday morning that King’s ankle was “sore but not swollen”.
“We felt like if he warmed up, that he’d be okay, but you never know,” Altman said. “You start warming up and sometimes the adrenaline doesn’t flow, but he obviously wasn’t bothered by it.”
King was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 16.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in Oregon’s four wins. He was 22-for-49 from the field while making two 3-pointers in each game.
The 6-foot-9 freshman is averaging 13.1 points and 5.7 rebounds to lead the 12th-seeded Ducks (23-12), who will face fifth-seeded Wisconsin (23-10) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday at 1:30 p.m. in San Jose. King was in the training room getting treatment before the Ducks watched the NCAA selection show on Sunday.
“It didn’t look too bad so he will probably rest it on Monday and then Tuesday he will be ready to practice,” Altman said. “I think he will be fine.”