Nevada avoided the worst-case scenario with Jalen Harris, who underwent an X-ray Wednesday after injuring his right foot in the Wolf Pack's season opener.
Harris' X-ray came back negative, meaning he didn't have any breaks in the foot, Harris' father, Erion, told Nevada Sports Net. The junior guard will undergo an MRI to determine the extent of any potential ligament damage to his foot. Those tests aren't expected to be performed until next week to allow for the swelling to subside, so don't expect Harris to play in Nevada's game Saturday against Loyola Marymount.
Harris has been undergoing treatment and has been able to put some weight on the foot. He was injured 8 minutes into Tuesday's game with Utah when an opposing player landed on his foot, which twisted on impact. Harris retreated to the locker room before returning to the bench in a protective boot. He sat out the remainder of the game.
Nevada head coach Steve Alford said after the loss he did not know the severity of Harris' injury and more tests would be required.
"We're hoping for the best there," Alford said Tuesday night. "I just saw him in a boot the whole game and limping in a boot, so that’s usually not good.”
Harris is a 6-foot-5 transfer from Louisiana Tech who redshirted at Nevada last season. As a sophomore at LaTech, Harris averaged a team-high 15.3 points with 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He shot 47.8 percent from the field, including 44.4 percent from the 3-point line.
Harris led Nevada in scoring during the exhibition season. He had 21 points and eight rebounds in a win over Cal State East Bay. He tallied 26 points with seven rebounds and three assists in a win over Colorado Christian. In those games, Harris combined to make 15-of-29 shots, including 4-of-10 3-pointers. He made 13-of-14 free throws.
Alford said during the exhibition season Harris was a big key to the team.
"I think he's huge because he's very versatile," Alford said between Nevada's two exhibition games. "We don't do a lot of numbering, but if you do number he can play the one, the two and the three for us. He's somebody who has a big-time basketball IQ, extremely athletic. He'd be the first to tell you offensively I don't know if he really got in a groove in (the first exhibition) but he ends up with 21, 22 points and that's how talented he is. I think he is a big talent for us and he could be a lock-down defender as well."
Against Utah, Harris was 0-of-4 from the field and had two rebounds in eight minutes before suffering the injury.