AURORA, Colorado – January 20, 2014
- Colorado men's basketball players Spencer Dinwiddie and Tre'Shaun Fletcher both underwent successful knee surgeries on Monday in Lone Tree.
"I spoke to the doctor; both surgeries went well and we expect them both to make complete recoveries," CU head coach Tad Boyle said.
Dinwiddie tore the ACL in his left knee on Jan. 12, during the first half of a 71-54 loss at Washington. Fletcher was injured about a minute later. He also hurt his left knee, although CU has never revealed the specific injury.
Dinwiddie, the Buffs' standout junior point guard, is out for the season. Fletcher, a true freshman reserve, was originally expected to miss six-to-eight weeks, but it's possible he could be back sooner than that.
"We hope so," Boyle said. "A lot of that will depend on the rehab and how it goes. We're hoping four-to-six weeks on him.
"Spencer's surgery went well and the doctors expect a full recovery. Good news on both of them."
"I think the guys understand now that he's not here; Fletch isn't here," Boyle said. "I think we're past that mental hurdle. The shock value has worn off."
Fletcher averages just 3.5 points and 10.2 minutes per game, but had been developing into a key defender off the bench.
"It's just that one less perimeter guy," Boyle said. "It's put a lot more pressure on Xavier Johnson and Jaron Hopkins defensively, because (Fletcher) is that extra big wing that defensively was getting better.
"That length on the defensive end at the wing position is where we really miss Tre'Shaun. As long as Xavier Johnson is playing well and Jaron is playing well defensively it won't hurt us."
Story by Brian Howell, The Denver Post
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