Smith out with torn ACL

Nebraska head coach Tim Miles announced senior forward Leslee Smith has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee.

LINCOLN, Neb. - The season hasn't started yet, but Nebraska basketball head coach Tim Miles is already dealing with his first loss of the 2014 season.

The school announced on Tuesday senior power forward Leslee Smith, a major contributor last season, has a torn left ACL and will be out for a disclosed amount of time.

From the release:

Smith will be out indefinitely, as Miles, men’s basketball athletic trainer R.J. Pietig and the Husker medical staff are currently in the process of developing a timeframe for his surgery and rehabilitation. This is the second time that Smith as torn an ACL, as he tore the ACL in his right knee in March of 2011 when he played at SMU.

Smith, a 6-foot-8 forward from Longlook, British Virgin Islands, suffered the injury on July 3 playing for the British Virgin Islands at the FIBA Caribbean Basketball Championships in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The injury occurred in the first half of an 89-60 loss to the Virgin Islands.

Smith, who averaged 7.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game despite playing just eight minutes in Thursday’s loss before the injury. Prior to the injury, the British Virgin Islands was 2-0 in tournament action, but went winless after Smith’s injury and placed fourth.

Smith redshirted in 2010-11 while at SMU. Whether he would a solid candidate for a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA is unknown at this time by Big Red Report. ACL tears can range in recovery time for the athlete and sport, but according to the Arizona Orthopedic Associates website, at the very least 4-6 months is needed. Six months would take Smith into February’s portion of the conference schedule, but that seems at this time almost the best case scenario.

The loss of Smith is a major concern considering the post-position was one that lacked depth in 2013-14.

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