This is definitely going to hurt the depth of Coach Steve Donahue’s rotation next season. After joining Garland Owens as the second player to commit to the Heights on March 26th, Darryl Hicks, the 6’2 shooting guard out of Trinity High School in Kentucky, seems to have been playing in an Indiana-Kentucky All Star game on June 15th, when he needed to be carried off the court by his teammates. The injury was later diagnosed as a torn ACL.
There are no current reports for the people that don’t have the outrageously expensive Rivals on the severity of the ACL tear, but usually ACL tears and their recovery times can be very varied. For instance, New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert tore his ACL in a first round playoff game against the Miami Heat on April 28th, 2012 and was able to return the next January on the 13th. While his second year guard’s complete game took a while to return fully, it eventually did by the end of the NBA season. However, when the Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose tore his ACL on the same exact day, his injury prevented him from playing in the entire 2012-2013 NBA season.
Whether Rose really could’ve come back early like Shumpert is unclear, the fact of the matter is that the ACL injury which Darryl Hicks sustained on June 15th will be detrimental to the team’s progression as they continue to improve.
Of course BC just picked up Billy Magarity, as Joe reported a couple of days ago, and Notre Dame transfer Alex Dragicevich will finally be able to play in a game with the Eagles after sitting out a year. This injury is not the end of the world but its sad to see a player with such upside as Darryl Hicks being taken out of the game by such a freak injury like a torn ACL.