Paige Bueckers, the reigning nationwide participant of the yr in ladies’s basketball, had profitable surgical procedure on her left knee on Monday, the College of Connecticut introduced on Tuesday.
The surgical procedure at UConn Well being repaired the anterior tibial plateau fracture and lateral meniscus tear that Bueckers, a 5-foot-11 sophomore at UConn, sustained within the staff’s dwelling recreation on Dec. 5 towards Notre Dame.
The college stated her restoration was estimated to take eight weeks, which might imply the week of Feb. 7. UConn’s common season ends Feb. 27, with the Large East and N.C.A.A. tournaments after that.
UConn (6-2), which is tied with Tennessee at No. 7 within the Related Press ballot, has 16 video games earlier than Feb. 9, together with dates with No. 6 Louisville on Sunday and a rematch at No. 1 South Carolina on Jan. 27. UConn is 1-1 since Bueckers’s harm, shedding at unranked Georgia Tech final Thursday and beating unranked U.C.L.A. on Saturday in Newark.
Bueckers was averaging 21.2 factors, 6.2 assists and 5.5 rebounds a recreation earlier than her harm.
After signing with Wasserman Media Group in August within the wake of the N.C.A.A. allowing school athletes to revenue off their name, image and likeness, Bueckers final month grew to become the primary school athlete to signal an endorsement cope with Gatorade. She additionally has a cope with the worldwide sneaker and streetwear reseller StockX.
Bueckers is considered one of 4 Huskies presently injured, together with the freshman Azzi Fudd (foot), the sophomore Nika Muhl (foot) and the junior Aubrey Griffin (again, ankle).
Two gamers, Saylor Poffenbarger and Mir McLean, are transferring, leaving UConn with eight wholesome gamers.
“Each time any individual is out, that provides any individual a possibility to step in,” Huskies Coach Geno Auriemma stated.
“Now when Paige and the remainder of our gamers do come again, there’s extra individuals within the celebration as an alternative of out of doors hoping to get in and really feel like they belong right here and may contribute not simply when need to, however they’ll be capable to contribute as a part of the pure circulation of our offense.”