College basketball: Creighton's Maurice Watson Jr., nation's assist leader, out for season with ACL tear
During Creighton’s Big East battle with Xavier on Monday, senior guard Maurice Watson Jr. went down after colliding with another player. After icing his knee, he returned to the game before collapsing from where trainers had to carry him off the court.
Watson then announced on Instagram and Twitter Tuesday that an MRI revealed he suffered a torn ACL.
Sucks that i have to go out this way, but i have terrible news. my MRI discovered i suffered a torn ACL. im devastated in the fact that i cannot finish out the season with my boys & that my college career is cut short during the best basketball i've ever played in my life. . I've gotten to experience a lot of things in these 5 years This is a sad time now, but God has a plan for me. My boys got my back & i will be on the sidelines all the way, even if a wheelchair! i'm focused on rehab so i can get back and continue to chase my dream. Thank you guys for everything. boston university started my maturation as a man & Creighton has completed it. I'm very thankful to have played in my dream conference. We are still going to the final 4!!!! I love you all & please be strong for my family and I! i am proud that i have impacted the game and lives the way i have. it's bigger than basketball. #Jays #StillOneOfTheGreatest!!
He went on to say that he will not be returning to the court, explaining how he is disappointed that his college basketball career has been cut short.
Watson leads the nation in assists per game (with 8.5) and has been averaging an important 12.89 points per game this season. He’s been an integral part of the Bluejays' competing in the Big East, and his presence will likely be missed on the hardwood as Creighton prepares to play Big East rival Marquette on Saturday.
Devastated for @mauricewatsonjr. His impact on our program has been incredible. His leadership will continue to be vital to our success.— Coach McDermott (@cucoachmac) January 17, 2017