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Baylor Junior All-American Johnathan Motley has surgery, out 4-6 weeks

Baylor Junior Forward Johnathan Motley underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus suffered in the season ending loss to South Carolina.

As first reported by DraftExpress.com, Baylor junior forward Johnathan Motley underwent surgery on a torn meniscusinjury he sustained against South Carolina in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament. 

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BearsIllustrated has confirmed with sources that this is correct, with an expected recovery time of 4-6 weeks for the Bears All-American forward. While that recovery timeline won't impact any games for the Bears, it could have a major impact on his decision to return to Waco.  

A fourth year junior, Motley is scheduled to graduate in the spring, and is seen as a late first/early second round caliber prospect in the NBA draft. Turning 22 years old next month, Motley is an older prospect already for the NBA, but developed into an All-American under Scott Drew this season.

Motley led the Bears with 17.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, becoming the first consensus all-american for the Baylor program.    At 6-foot-10, and an over 7-foot reach, Motley is seen as a prototypical power forward in the modern NBA.  He is a good shooter out to 20-feet and is one of the best post-scorers in this draft class. 

However, Motley is not a proven 3-point shooter, even at the collegiate level, making just 9 of 32 this season, and 12 of 49 for his career.  Another question mark about Motley are turnovers, having averaged 2.9 this year in a heavy usage role for the Bears. 

The question was already out there about Motley coming back for his senior campaign with the Bears.  Will another season, with improved 3-point shooting and fewer turnovers, help his stock or will another year in college remove some "potential" from his progressions. 

Isaiah Austin faced a similar question after his freshman campaign, where a torn posterior labrum prevented Austin from going through individual workouts for NBA teams during the pre-draft process. 

Motley's injury is not as severe, but that timeline might preclude him from being able to participate in the NBA draft combine (May 9th -14th), and could also run into the deadline to withdraw from the NBA draft (May 24th).  

Stay tuned for more on this developing story and everything Baylor related. 

***Edited to correct surgery.  Motley suffered a torn meniscus, not a torn MCL.


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