Much has been made about Las Vegas 2015 small forward Ray Smith’s torn ACL, but those concerns appear unfounded as the five star commit's surgery went even better than expected.
“The surgery went really well,” said Ray Smith’s father, Bobby. “It was just an ACL. He didn't tear the meniscus or the PCL, so that was great news to hear.”
The surgery over, recovery is going as well as possible.
“He’s already doing flexibility exercises and bearing some weight," Bobby said. "At this point the doctor is very happy with his progress and doesn't believe it will be that long of a recovery before he is back out on the court.”
If all goes according to plan, Smith will be back out on the court sometime this season.
“He’s all in on getting back out on the court for his senior season if possible," Bobby said. "He set a goal a long time ago to be a McDonald’s All American and he would need to play his senior season to make that wish a possibility.
"He won’t force anything though. We won’t jeopardize anything. If the doctor gives him the go ahead we’re inclined to put him back out there.”
The Arizona coaching staff has been in the Smith’s corner throughout.
“The coaches have been first class all the way," Bobby said. "They've contacted us as much as possible and let us know they support us the entire time.
"They are ecstatic that Ray is going to be a Wildcat. The injury didn't dampen anything and they can’t wait until he steps foot on campus.”