Injuries That Will Have Biggest Impact on 2013-14 College Basketball Season
The 2013-14 college basketball season is off and running!
Great hoops action is already happening around the country, and we are only in the opening weekend of games.
Unfortunately, some teams are already having to work with injuries to key players.
Here is a quick look at injuries that will have the biggest impact on this season.
Here we go!
Andy Brown (Stanford)
Stanford's Andy Brown may be the unluckiest current college basketball player.
This past summer, Brown tore his ACL for the fourth time.
Actually, this tear was in his right knee. The previous three had been in his left knee.
Losing Brown takes away one of the Cardinal's best shooters. He shot 49.2 percent over his three-year career.
Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins said:
Nobody has worked harder to get back into playing shape, having already experienced three tears and waiting two full years before putting on a uniform. What makes this even more disappointing is Andy had already passed the initial test of getting back on the court.
Kris Dunn (Providence): Shoulder
Providence's Kris Dunn had to leave the Friars' exhibition game last weekend against Rhode Island College with a shoulder injury.
The biggest concern for head coach Ed Cooley is that Dunn, a top-25 recruit out of high school, had previously injured this same shoulder (torn labrum).
The original injury required surgery back in the summer of 2012.
Because of this, Dunn missed the first nine games of the 2012-13 season.
Play for the Garden's Shane McCarthy reported that the results of a subsequent MRI "revealed that he just has a sore shoulder and is listed as day-to-day."
If Dunn can shake off the effects of this nagging condition, Providence could have one of the best backcourts in the Big East with Dunn and senior Bryce Cotton
Julian Boyd (Long Island): Torn ACL
Long Island's Julian Boyd, like Stanford's Andy Brown, is an unlucky player.
CBS Sports' Jeff Borzello reported in early September that Boyd tore his ACL for the second time in nine months.
Last year, when Boyd tore his ACL after eight games, he was averaging 18.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
Borzello projects that Boyd, the 2012 Northeast Conference Player of the Year, will miss at least half of the upcoming season.
The question: Even if he makes it back during the 2013-14 season, how much will the sixth-year senior still be able to do?
No one would blame him for just calling it a career, but it would be cool for Boyd to take the floor one more time for the Blackbirds.
Evan Roquemore: Santa Clara (Back)
Santa Clara's senior guard Evan Roquemore is one of the best guards out West.
Last year, he averaged 12 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.
Presently, Roquemore is dealing with a back injury and missed the Broncos' game this past Friday against Bethesda.
He is questionable to play Tuesday against San Jose State.
With the three-year starter at full strength, SCU could still face a challenging 2013-14 season in the WCC.
If Roquemore continues to struggle with his back injury, this could be a long season for the Broncos.
Luke Hancock (Louisville): Achilles
Louisville's Luke Hancock, the 2013 Final Four Most Outstanding Player, missed the Cardinals' opening game against the College of Charleston.
The senior captain is out with an Achilles tendon injury.
How big of an impact will this have on the defending champs?
Since power forward Chane Behanan was suspended indefinitely in the preseason, the Cardinals' depth will be hurt without either of these experienced forwards.
Melvin Ejim (Iowa State): Hyperextended Knee
Iowa State's Melvin Ejim was the Cyclones' best rebounder (9.3 RPG) a year ago.
The Associated Press reported (via ESPN.com) that Elim hyperextended his left knee in a recent practice.
The bad news for ISU head coach Fred Hoiberg will be that the 6'6" forward will out for 4-6 weeks or about five games.
The Cyclones will have to face two early challenges, Michigan and BYU, without one of the Big 12's best glass-cleaners.
Seth Allen (Maryland): Broken Foot
Maryland's Seth Allen was projected as the Terrapins' starting point guard.
CSNBaltimore.com's Daniel Martin reported that Allen broke his foot in a late-October team practice.
The team expects him to be out of commission for at least 8-10 weeks.
While Allen is out, UM's head coach Mark Turgeon is turning to Dez Wells and Nick Faust to handle the playmaking responsibilities.
In Maryland's first game (a one-point loss to UConn), Wells dished out six dimes and Faust handed out three more.
Travis Wear (UCLA): Appendictis
UCLA's Travis Wear started all but one of the Bruins' 32 games last season.
The 6'10" forward averaged 10.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game a year ago as a junior.
Unfortunately for the Bruins' new head coach, Steve Alford, he will have to start his first season in Westwood without the services of this half of the Wear twins.
In the last week in October, Wear was diagnosed with appendicitis.
Greg Whittington (Georgetown): Torn ACL
Georgetown's Greg Whittington was supposed to take over in the Hoyas' attack where Otto Porter left off.
The 6'8" forward averaged 12 points and seven rebounds per game last season before being suspended for academic reasons.
However, Whittington tore his ACL, which means that we will have to wait until the 2014-15 season to watch him go to work
Hoya head coach John Thompson III said that there is no specific timetable for Whittington's return.
JT3 is hoping that UCLA transfer Josh Smith will be able to take up the frontcourt slack.
So far, so good. Smith came out strong, scoring 25 points, grabbing four rebounds and handing out two assists in Georgetown's opening-game loss to Oregon.
Mitch McGary (Michigan): Back
No one else on this list plays as big of a role in his team's success as Mitch McGary.
The Michigan big man caught fire in the Wolverines' 2013 March Madness run and now is considered one of college basketball's best big men.
Unfortunately, McGary is starting the 2013-14 season battling a bad back.
He did not play in the Wolverines' opening game of the season against Massachussetts-Lowell.
No timetable has been set for McGary's return.
When asked recently if he would be ready to play when the Wolverines play Duke on Dec. 3, McGary responded, "I won't be wearing a suit."