Nebraska Loses Forward Leslee Smith to ACL Tear
Some bad news in the basketball department came as top reserve forward Leslee Smith suffered an ACL tear that will require surgery while participating in the FIBA Caribbean Basketball Championships in his native British Virgin Islands. While he only started one game a year ago, Smith was usually the first post player off the bench and led the team in field goal percentage, offensive rebounds, and was second in blocked shots and steals.
He's a player that gave his team extra possessions while denying opposing teams shots. His presence will be missed. His absence will create opportunities for a pair of newcomers. Georgetown fifth-year senior transfer Moses Ayegba will arrive this fall and incoming freshman Jake Hammond is set to arrive as well.
Smith had previously suffered an ACL tear in March of 2011 but played the 2011-2012 season at SMU anyway before a redshirt year. He also played a year of junior college ball before playing last season for Nebraska. It's not clear whether he could take another medical redshirt and still have an additional season to play. If the prior redshirt could be considered medical in nature, then perhaps he could be granted a hardship. If not, he would probably not be available until the second semester of the school year, and even then he would still be in recovery mode from the injury.
Sad news for a good player and for Husker basketball.