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UConn freshman, projected lottery pick Steph Castle to miss ‘some time’ after knee procedure
By ADAM ZAGORIA
UConn freshman guard Steph Castle, a projected lottery pick in next summer’s NBA Draft, had a minor procedure on his knee and will miss “some time,” head coach Dan Hurley told reporters.
Hurley said it’s “looking anywhere from early December to after that, so it’s like a 2, 3, 4-week thing.”
Castle, the reigning Big East Freshman of the Week for the defending NCAA champions, missed Tuesday’s win over Mississippi Valley State with what UConn said was an injury. No. 5 UConn will play Indiana on Sunday in the Empire Classic at Madison Square Garden, and then either Louisville or Texas on Monday.
They visit No. 1 Kansas Dec. 1 and then face North Carolina Dec. 5 in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Dan Hurley on Steph Castle, "expecting early December" or shortly after, he had a minor procedure, "best case scenario" on the diagnosis #UConnpic.twitter.com/edG3oVoIjn
Castle came out of the gates strong to open his freshman season, one entered with a world of hype as a McDonald’s All-American and consensus top-10 recruit. The 6-foot-6 rookie averaged 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in his first two career games, shooting 66.7 percent from the floor and 80.0 percent from the free throw line. He also added four steals and a block during UConn’s 2-0 start.
In the regular season opener last Monday against Northern Arizona, Castle scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds in only 19 minutes of action. He followed that up with a stat-sheet-stuffing performance on Saturday against Stonehill, going for 17 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals. Castle went 5-of-7 from the floor and 7-for-7 from the free throw line against the Skyhawks.
UConn sophomore big man Donovan Clingan missed a month ahead of the season with a foot strain but returned for opening night.
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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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