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Friday / July 3.
  • MRI confirms UConn’s Akok Akok has ruptured Achilles

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    UConn announced Monday that an MRI revealed redshirt freshman forward Akok Akok suffered a ruptured left Achilles in Sunday’s win over Memphis.

    Surgery to repair the damage will be scheduled within the next day or two, the school announced.

    After the injury, Akok was helped back onto the court while wearing a boot on his foot and walking with crutches. He remained on the bench to watch UConn pull out a 64-61 victory and support his teammates.

    “It was a big win, obviously, but there’s no joy in it when something like that happens in the first minute,” UConn coach Dan Hurley told reporters. “Sports is brutal sometimes. Life is brutal sometimes.

    The 6-foot-9 freshman is averaging 6.0 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Huskies.

    This story has been updated.

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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. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.