Damien Inglis, selected with the first pick in the second round, has yet to play this season – and he won’t.
The Bucks drafted the 19-year-old in the second round (No. 31 overall) knowing he had suffered a fractured right foot during a draft workout with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Inglis had targeted a mid-October return from the surgery he underwent in Paris in June, but a CT scan in late-October revealed the fracture to not be healing properly. The 19-year-old French Guiana native hoped he would avoid another surgery and could be on the floor for Milwaukee’s game in London on Jan. 15.
But that won’t be the case, as the second surgery will end Inglis’ rookie season before he could appear in a game.
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After a little finagling, the Bucks signed Inglis to a three-year contract with two guaranteed seasons. He was the sixth-youngest player in the 2014 draft behind Bruno Caboclo, Aaron Gordon,Noah Vonleh, James Young and Dante Exum.
So, Milwaukee will need and has a little time to develop the French forward.
It’s a shame this will be a lost season for him, but it’s too soon to close the book on his NBA career. He’ll have a chance to rebound from this setback.