Gonzaga didn't just lose the game tonight, they may have lost standout forward Elias Harris. In the closing moments of the game, Harris went down with an apparent lower leg injury. From the post-game reports, it may be an injury to his Achilles' tendon. The nature of the injury, and whether it's a rupture or not, will be known later today, after Harris undergoes an MRI.
The Spokesman-Review's Jim Meehan had the report on tonight's game and an important quote from Harris.
"I think it's my Achilles' (tendon)," said Harris, who will have an MRI today. "I heard something pop. I couldn't get up in the air and I couldn't run any more."
This is obviously not good news for Gonzaga fans looking for answers after a loss to San Diego State. Harris is a standout in the post for the Zags and a first-round NBA prospect as it stands right now. Draft Express has Harris listed as the 26th best prospect overall and tabbed him as the 21st pick should he come out for the 2011 draft.
In his freshman year at Gonzaga, Harris averaged 14.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists while playing just over 29 minutes per game. The Zags have high hopes for Harris in his sophomore year, banking on the talented sophomore's continued progression as a cornerstone of the 2010-2011 team. Zags everywhere will be crossing their fingers, awaiting word on Harris' injury.