The Connecticut Men’s basketball team received the worst possible news it could Tuesday afternoon.
The university released a statement on Tuesday afternoon stating that freshman point guard Alterique Gilbert will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum and will miss the rest of the 2016-17 season.
Gilbert suffered the injury in the third game of the season, a victory against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 17. The injury was originally reported as a dislocated left shoulder – an injury Gilbert had already suffered twice in the prior couple years; UConn trainer James Doran popped Gilbert’s shoulder back in, but the injury turned out to be even more severe.
The 2016-17 season hasn’t opened at all the way the Huskies would have liked. Connecticut lost its first two games with the freshman guard, and the team has gone 1-2 during his absence. Overall, the Huskies are 2-4 and in the next two weeks, they must play No. 22 Syracuse and then on the road against Ohio State.
247Sports rated the freshman a four-star recruit and the 34th-best available player in the 2016 recruiting class. The same site had him as the sixth-best guard and the second-highest rated player in the state of Georgia. Gilbert was a big reason why Connecticut had the top ranked 2016 recruiting class in the American Athletic Conference and eighth-best in the entire nation.
Gilbert will finish his first, although brief, college season averaging 10.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. In his three contests, he averaged 29.0 minutes per game too.
Without him, Connecticut will rely very heavily upon Rodney Purvis, Jalen Adams and Christian Vital at guard.