Colorado point guard Spencer Dinwiddie will miss the rest of the season after an MRI on Monday revealed a torn ACL in his left knee, the school announced. Surgery is scheduled for Tuesday, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.
Colorado's Spencer Dinwiddie has a torn ACL. Surgery is Tuesday.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) January 13, 2014
Dinwiddie injured the knee during the first half of the Buffaloes' loss at Washington on Sunday; Colorado was outscored by 20 points after he left the game.
The veteran point guard was in the midst of a fine season and is leading the Buffs in both scoring (14.7 points per game) and assists (3.8). Behind those efforts, Colorado had the look of a team that might be able to do some damage in the NCAA Tournament, but now the Buffs' near-term prognosis is uncertain, particularly at the offensive end, where Dinwiddie won't be around to set things up. For a group that already wasn't shooting the ball well from outside, the loss of his 41.3 percent shooting from deep will hurt.
Dinwiddie is the No. 1 junior in this year's draft class, according to DraftExpress, which has him going 24th overall to the Utah Jazz in their latest mock draft. With a lengthy recovery from injury now ahead of him, though, he might need to return to school in order to restore his current draft stock.