University of Louisville junior forward Rakeem Buckles suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee during the Cardinals' game at Marquette on Monday and will miss the remainder of season and all of next season with his second career knee injury.
"I don't think any of us could imagine this happening to such a fine young man," said U of L Coach Rick Pitino. "All of us are just crushed. We had thought he had just hyperextended the knee when he had turned for a simple block out and it turned out to be terribly wrong. We will stay close to Rakeem so we can keep his spirits high."
"Coming back from a second major knee surgery, Rakeem's recovery is expected to take well over a year," said UofL Men's Basketball Trainer Fred Hina. "We will work with him closely on his recovery and will apply for a fifth year for him to play his final season as a Cardinal."