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Rutgers sophomore forward Greg Echenique underwent successful surgery for a partial tear on his left retina on Wednesday night at 7:30 at Robert Wood John University Hospital.
“Everything went well. He is in recovery,” a source said.
Echenique could miss anywhere from 3-6 weeks, sources said.
The 6-foot-9, 265-pound Echenique was poked in the eye in practice “a month ago” and was having blurry vision for a while after that. The blurry vision went away and then returned about a week ago, sources said.
Doctors tried some laser work on his eye Tuesday and then realized the retina was a little more damaged than they thought.
A native of Guatire, Venezuela who played for Dan Hurley at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, Echenique started all seven games and is averaging 12.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. He also has 16 blocks. He was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll on Monday after averaging 20 points and 9.5 blocks.
Without Echenique, Rutgers beat Monmouth 66-52 behind 22 points, 10 boards and 8 blocks from Hamady N’Diaye and 23 points from Mike Rosario.
Former Rutgers guard Justin Sofman managed 8 points on 3-for-10 shooting for Monmouth.
(Photo courtesy Rutgers Athletics)
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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