A team full of promising young players has already taken its first hit before the season has tipped off.
Colorado Buffaloes freshman point guard Shannon Sharpe, who is expected to compete for playing time with incumbent starter Nate Tomlinson, will undergo microfracture surgery next week on his left knee and will miss the 2009-10 men’s basketball season, according to a news release.
Sharpe, 19, sustained the injury during preseason workouts and the time frame for recovery can’t be determined until the size and location of the repair are determined after surgery.
“Shannon’s injury has been difficult for all of us to deal with because our strong feelings for him as a terrific young man and for what he would have meant to our effectiveness as a team for this season,” head basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik said in a news release. “However, he will come back even stronger for next season and that bodes well for our future. It is now up to others to contribute more, and I strongly believe in my players to rise to the occasion.”
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Sharpe was one of four true freshmen on the roster and was expected to be one of the many new faces to contribute this season.
CU will open their season on Friday, Nov. 13 when they host Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 7 p.m. in the Coors Events Center.
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer David Starcer at David.email@example.com.