Update: We just heard from Abdul. He's disappointed, as would be expected, but as upbeat as might be reasonable. He says he believes he'll come back good as new. I'll run a full transcript of that interview as soon as I can in a new post above.
University of Washington men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar announced sophomore Abdul Gaddy will miss the remainder of the 2011 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee during practice on Tuesday.
"First and foremost, this is a big blow for Abdul Gaddy," said Romar. "Sometimes in team sports we tend to say, `look at the whole team.' Forget the team now. This is a blow for Abdul Gaddy."
Here's the Gaddy bio from the UW website.
Terrible luck for the sophomore from Tacoma.
Gaddy apparently was injured late in the practice. He went in for a layup, but went down without contact. Isaiah Thomas said the team didn't realize how serious the injury was at the time, but Romar makes clear he was worried.
Romar says Gaddy will undergo surgery within the next couple of weeks, and should be ready by fall camp. Gaddy will report to that camp as a junior ... it's too deep into the season for a redshirt.
Romar said he doesn't yet know who will move into Gaddy's spot in the lineup, but the ball-handling chores will be shared by Thomas and Venoy Overton, with Scott Suggs as the wing most capable of playing the point.