UConn point guard Alterique Gilbert diagnosed with torn labrum, will have season-ending surgery

Connecticut’s Alterique Gilbert in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Connecticut’s Alterique Gilbert in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

(WTNH)–UConn freshman point guard Alterique Gilbert, one of the prized recruits of the 2016 class, has been diagnosed with a torn labrum and will undergo season-ending surgery within the next few weeks.

The announcement came from UConn on Tuesday.

Gilbert suffered a left shoulder dislocation in the Huskies’ November 17 game at Loyola Marymount. The school said that recovery and rehabilitation could take up to six months.

The six-foot, 170-pound guard was averaging 10.3 points and 2 assists in 29 minutes per game for the Huskies. The Georgia native has had injury problems before, as he injured his shoulder in the Jordan Brand Classic high school showcase game in April.

UConn also announced that freshman forward Mamadou Diarra has been diagnosed with significant patellofemoral syndrome, which results in “intense knee discomfort.”

School spokesman Phil Chardis said that at this time, surgery is not indicated, but Diarra will redshirt for the 2016-17 season, with the idea that treatment and rehabilitation can improve his knee health “to the point where he can continue his college basketball career.”

The bad news just keeps coming for the Huskies, as they already lost leading scorer Terry Larrier to a torn ACL last week.

UConn finished seventh out of eight teams at the Maui Invitational and enters its next game Tuesday night against Boston University at 2-4.

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