LMU's Drew Viney to miss start of season

Loyola Marymount senior forward Drew Viney, the West Coast Conference's second-leading scorer, had surgery Monday on a stress fracture in his left foot and is expected to miss the start of the season.

The 6-foot-8 Viney led the team in both scoring (17.2 ppg) and rebounding (6.6 rpg) in 27 games as a junior. He has had issues with his feet throughout his career. As a freshman at Oregon, Viney missed most of the season due to a stress fracture in his right foot. He also missed games last season due to calf injuries and migraines, but still managed to finish in the WCC's top 10 in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, 3-point percentage and blocks.

Viney is out indefinitely following surgery and expected to miss at least the team's season opener at UCLA. His injury is just the latest that has hampered a Lions program looking to move up in the WCC. They tied for last place and won only two conference games last season while a whopping seven players missed games due to injury.

Viney became the third All-WCC honorable mention standout to go down with an offseason injury. Pepperdine returning leading scorer Lorne Jackson is expected to redshirt the season after tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament during a pick-up game in June. Santa Clara forward Marc Trasolini, the team's leading rebounder, tore the ACL in his left knee during the team's preseason tour of his native Vancouver and will also redshirt the season.