The University of Washington just confirmed sophomore guard Abdul Gaddy (right) will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee during practice on Tuesday.
He suffered the injury when he planted his left leg while driving to the basket.
Gaddy will undergo surgery in the next couple of weeks, the school announced. Recovery from ACL surgery is generally 6-9 months.
“First and foremost, this is a big blow for Abdul Gaddy,” said Washington coach Lorenzo Romar in a release from the school. “Sometimes in team sports we tend to say, `look at the whole team.’ Forget the team now. This is a blow for Abdul Gaddy.”
“He was playing very well for us and he loves to play the game. He worked extremely hard to work on his game this summer. For this to happen, it’s a big blow for him,” said Romar. “To a lesser extent, it’s a big blow for our team – he was our starting point guard.”
Gaddy leads the Pac-10 in assist to turnover ratio at 3.1 (49 assists/16 turnovers). His 3.8 assists per game is seventh best average in the Pac-10. He’s also averaging 8.5 points, which is dramatically better than his 3.9 scoring average as a freshman.
He has played in 49 games, including 42 starts. He’s also started the past 41 games.
On his Twitter account two hours ago, Gaddy wrote: “Worst news n feeling ever…. GOD please guide me as u always have”
Romar has not said who will replace Gaddy in the starting lineup. Possible candidates include: senior guard Venoy Overton, freshman Terrence Ross, redshirt freshman C.J. Wilcox or junior Scott Suggs
Photo credit: AP Photo – Eugene Tanner
January 5, 2011 at 12:38 PM
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