UNCASVILLE, Conn. (WTNH)–Connecticut Sun rookie guard Rachel Banham has undergone season-ending microfracture surgery on her right knee, the team announced on Friday.
Rehabilitation is expected to last between four and six months.
Banham, who made a name for herself nationally when she scored 60 points as a senior at Minnesota this spring, was taken by the Sun with the fourth pick in the 2016 WNBA draft. She appeared in 15 games for the Sun, making 20 of 49 shots from the field, including 13 threes.
She had two key threes in the win at Dallas on July 2nd, but was limited to five minutes Thursday night against Minnesota.
“While we are obviously disappointed to lose Rachel for the remainder of the season, we remain tremendously excited about her bright future with the Sun,” said coach Curt Miller.
“Rachel showed the potential to be an impact player in this league despite playing through significant pain for the majority of the season. We really appreciate her grit and determination to play when less than 100 percent, but it is now time for her to concentrate on her rehab so she can come back healthy for her second season.”