Creighton’s Maurice Watson Jr. Cuts College Career Short Due to ACL Injury
Creighton Blue Jays star guard Maurice Watson Jr. saw an abrupt end to his stellar collegiate career on Monday night.
While the Blue Jays did win by a score of 72-67 against Xavier, Watson got the raw end of the deal when he suffered a torn ACL. According to a report by USA Today Sports, it happened in a mid-game collision, where he heard his knee pop afterwards.
Watson is touted as one of the best players in the NCAA today. As the nation's assists leader, the 23-year-old player was averaging 12.9 points and 8.5 assists per game. He was also a vital cog on the Blue Jays roster, helping the team reach the top of the Big East standings.
Rightfully, the young point guard was in sheer disappointment with how his career ended. In a lengthy social media post, Watson expressed how "devastated" he was about cutting his college playing years short, but despite that, he promised to continue showing his undying support for his teammates and the Creighton community.
"My boys got my back & I will be on the sidelines all the way, even if (on) a wheelchair!" an excerpt from Watson's post reads.
While it may be difficult for Watson to accept the fact that he will no longer be able to play for his team, the Blue Jays will be equally bearing the brunt of his absence. As pointed out in a report by Henry Bushnell for Yahoo! Sports' "The Dagger", Watson's presence in the team, along with his contributions turned Creighton into the competitive team that it is today.
As noted by Bushnell, Watson provided what Creighton previously lacked: depth at the point guard position. Though it may not be impossible, the team would need to make the necessary adjustments in order to fill the void left by Watson's sudden departure.
"In his absence, Creighton must compile a plan for replacing him from a rotation of guards that are - or at least have been - primarily comfortable off the ball," an excerpt from Bushnell's report reads.
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