Washington sophomore forward Jernard Jarreau will miss the rest of the 2013-14 season after tearing his right ACL in Sunday’s season opener.
He’s expected to have surgery in the upcoming weeks, according to UW.
It’s a big blow for the Huskies who are without junior forward Desmond Simmons (knee) at least until mid-December. Washington is hoping forward Perris Blackwell returns for Thursday’s game against UC Irvine after missing the opener due to a concussion.
UW’s other big men on the team include junior forward Shawn Kemp Jr., who is recovering from an unspecified illness, and redshirt sophomore center Gilles Dierickx, who is playing his first season with the team after transferring from Florida International.
The Huskies (1-0) were expecting a big season from Jarreau, a 6-10 forward uniquely suited for the team’s high-post offense.
Coach Lorenzo Romar raved about Jarreau’s offseason development and described him as one of the most improved players on the team.
In Washington’s 95-65 exhibition win over Central Washington, Jarreau finished with 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting, nine rebounds, five assists, three blocks and a steal in 24 minutes.
All signs pointed to a breakout season for the New Orleans native who’ll miss the chance to play at home when Washington visits Tulane on Dec. 17. He averaged 3.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in 31 games as a redshirt freshman last season. He started the first seven contests, but came off the bench the rest of the season.
Jarreau regained a spot in the starting lineup this season.
However, he played less than two minutes before suffering the season-ending injury. It happened at the 18:25 mark in Washington’s 88-78 win over Seattle University. Jarreau stole the ball from Redhawks guard Isiah Umipig and raced in for a score when his knee buckled while rising for a layup. Umipig, who provided tight defense, was given a flagrant foul on the play.
Jarreau redshirted as a freshman and sat out the 2011-12 season. He’s eligible for a sixth season due to a medical hardship.