Miami point guard Chris Lykes likely won't return to the Hurricanes this season because of a lingering left ankle injury, coach Jim Larranaga said Friday.
Lykes, a preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, has played just two games in his senior season. He has missed the past 17 games for the Hurricanes (7-12, 3-11 ACC) and although he returned to full practice recently, he isn't at full speed.
"Every time he practices, the ankle area is aggravated, and he doesn't feel like he can be himself," Larranaga said. "He's in a little bit of pain. If every time you change direction it hurts, then you can't really go. Because his game is speed, quickness, change directions -- he can't play like Chris Lykes. So, he hasn't practiced this week and it's unlikely he'll play this year again. But I wouldn't say it's impossible. Once the pain goes away, he's going to want to get back out there."
Larranaga said this doesn't necessarily mean Lykes' tenure with the team is over.
"I talk to Chris Lykes regularly," the coach said. "In recent conversations we've talked about him resting the remainder of the year. We've also talked about what his options are for the future. The three possibilities every player will have are turn pro, remain at the school you're at because the NCAA has made it clear everyone gets a pass on this year, or because the transfer portal has made it very, very easy for players to transfer, there will be a major market for transfers."
In 92 career games over three-plus seasons, the 5-foot-7 Lykes has averaged 13.7 points, 2.7 assists and 2.0 rebounds.
--Field Level Media