Sophomore basketball player Daniel Green tore his ACL in the fourth quarter of an exhibition game on Friday night in Canada. Green, a native of Texas, will undergo surgery after the swelling from the injury subsides. Green averaged under 10 minutes a game as a freshman but was the only returning post player for the Deacons.
With Green out for the year, the Deacons will have to rely more heavily on perimeter play as well as contributions inside from freshmen Devin Thomas and Andre Washington. Thomas is still recovering from a minor knee surgery and is expected to be back for the beginning of the season.
Green had put on some weight over the off season bulking up to 220 lbs. As a freshman Green contributed some meaningful minutes towards the end of the season and was battling to lock down a starting spot on the 2012-2013 roster. Without Green it is unclear what the starting lineup for the Deacs will look like.
This is extremely disappointing news for the basketball team as the team was already low on returning players. Senior C.J. Harris, junior Travis McKie, and sophomore Chase Fischer are now the only three returning players for the Deacs on scholarship. This leaves a great opportunity for one of the freshmen to step up and get a lot of playing time, but they will be thrown into the mix immediately. Battling inside on the Division I level is perhaps the hardest transition to make in basketball and it will not make things easier for the Demon Deacons, who are looking to improve upon a 13-18 2011-12 season.
Wake Forest will return to action on November 2nd when they face Rollins in an exhibition game at the LJVM. Tipoff for that game is set for 7 P.M. The season officially starts a week later against Radford at 7 P.M. in Winston-Salem.