Ritchart to Miss Remainder of 2013-14 Season

Josh Ritchart posted career highs at the Portland State Tournament before an injury forced a premature ending to his season.
 
Josh Ritchart posted career highs at the Portland State Tournament before an injury forced a premature ending to his season.
 

Jan. 22, 2014

DAVIS, Calif. - Senior guard/forward Josh Ritchart will miss the rest of the 2013-14 season due to a lower leg injury as announced on Wednesday by UC Davis men's basketball head coach Jim Les.

"Josh has worked countless hours with our medical staff to get back on the basketball floor.  Unfortunately, his injury has not responded as we have hoped; we look forward to Josh getting completely healthy for the 2014-15 season," said Les.

A fixture in the team's starting lineup throughout his nine appearances, Ritchart averaged 17.3 points and 6.6 rebounds before missing the Aggies' last 10 games. Before he was forced to the sideline, Ritchart was UC Davis' top scorer, leading rebounder and shot blocker (1.3 blocks per game). In addition to shooting 50 percent or higher from the field in every game played-an impressive feat considering that one-third of his attempts were taken from behind the arc-Ritchart led all Big West Conference players with a .563 percentage from three and was No. 2 with a .632 field goal percentage.

The Big West Conference recognized Ritchart as its Player of the Week on Nov. 25 after posting career highs in points (35), rebounds (13), field goals (12) and free throws (8) in the Aggies' opener at the Portland State Tournament against SIU-Edwardsville. By ending his weekend against Portland State with 17 points and seven rebounds, Ritchart averaged 20.3 points and 9.7 rebounds, shot .676 from the floor and .444 from distance throughout the three-day event.

UC Davis will end its three-game homestand Thursday evening against Hawai'i, tipoff will take place at 7 p.m.