The Washington Huskies started the Pac-10 schedule strong, sweeping USC and UCLA on the road last weekend while establishing themselves as the favorite to win the conference this season. On Wednesday, the Huskies suffered a huge blow to their team as sophomore guard Abdul Gaddy was diagnosed with a torn ACL. The injury likely means Gaddy will miss the rest of the season.
KJR's Dave "Softy" Mahler confirmed the news on Twitter this afternoon.
Abdul Gaddy torn left ACL. Confirmed
Gaddy came to Washington as a highly-touted recruit in 2009, but left some Washington fans disappointed in his play. In 2010, however, he's turned it on, averaging 8.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists while running the point for the Huskies. His floor presence, and outside shooting, improved greatly in the offseason and he was expected to play a big role the rest of the season as the Huskies made a run toward the NCAA tournament.
In his place, Venoy Overton will likely see his minutes. The senior guard has been a fan favorite for his tenacious defense and spark off the bench. Washington has a talented crop of guards and wings ready for playing time, but the loss of Gaddy will, no doubt, hurt the Huskies in the short term.
Stay tuned to our StoryStream for the latest on Gaddy's injury and his expected rehab time.