Top Duke women's hoops recruit Greenwell to undergo surgery

Jul. 09, 2013 @ 09:06 PM

Incoming Duke freshman guard Rebecca Greenwell faces yet another knee surgery before she can play a minute for the Blue Devil women’s basketball team.

Greenwell, a McDonald’s All-American from Owensboro, Ky., nicknamed "Becca," will have her third procedure on her right knee later this month, Duke spokesman Lindy Brown said Tuesday.

While the 6-foot-1 Greenwell had two reconstructive surgeries on the knee to repair torn ligaments, her next procedure will be to repair meniscus (cartilage) damage in the same knee.

“My ACL is good but my meniscus didn’t heal properly,” Greenwell said on her Twitter feed.

Greenwell’s previous surgeries were done in her home state of Kentucky. Doctors at Duke will perform the surgery later this month.

Greenwell arrived on campus last week and is taking classes in Duke’s second summer session. Duke’s medical staff diagnosed the lingering cartilage issue and the decision was made for yet another surgical repair.

Greenwell first tore her right ACL while playing with USA Basketball in a FIBA tournament game against Italy in September 2011. After surgery, she missed her junior season at Owensboro Catholic High School.

She returned for her senior season and averaged 25 points despite not playing at 100 percent health. On Jan. 15, she set a Kentucky state record by making 17 3-pointers in one game. That night, all 28 of Greenwell’s shots were 3-pointers as she avoided driving to the basket on her balky knee.

In the McDonald’s All-American game at Chicago’s United Center in April, Greenwell scored eight points in nine minutes of play before she re-injured the knee and was forced to the sideline.

Later that month, she had her second ACL reconstruction in Louisville, Ky.

The recovery time for the meniscus repair is four months, which would stretch to November when Duke’s season will begin. But Greenwell’s recovery from her second ACL surgery wouldn’t have been completed by then anyway.

But her status for this season remains uncertain and the decision for another surgery only makes it more likely she could miss the upcoming season.

Brown said no decision has been made on a possible redshirt for Greenwell.

“Our main concern is getting her healthy,” Brown said.