Duke women’s recruit has second ACL surgery
A key piece of Duke’s star-studded women’s basketball recruiting class suffered a major setback Tuesday.
Becca Greenwell, a 6-1 McDonald’s All-American guard from Owensboro, Ky., had reconstructive surgery for the second time on her right knee.
Having already torn the anterior cruciate ligament earlier in her high school career, Greenwell re-injured the knee during the McDonald’s All-American game last Wednesday in Chicago.
She went in for what was expected to be an arthroscopic procedure in Louisville, Ky., on Tuesday. But the surgeon, Dr. James Ellis, found damage that required a second reconstruction.
Greenwell revealed the news about her injury, which included cartilage damage, via Twitter.
“Turns out there was more wrong than expected,” Greenwell said. “Ended up having full ACL reconstruction, and lateral and medial meniscus repair.”
Greenwell first tore the ACL in September 2011 while playing with USA Basketball in a FIBA tournament game against Italy. After surgery, she missed her entire junior season at Owensboro Catholic High School.
But Greenwell 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 gimpy knee.
In the McDonald’s All-American game at Chicago’s United Center, Greenwell scored eight points in nine minutes of play before re-injuring her knee.
Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said Tuesday night that, although Greenwell has shown she is a tough player, it’s too soon to project her availability for the 2013-14 season.
Greenwell said via Twitter she will have a tough road ahead.
“It hasn’t hit me yet that I have to go through this allllllll over again,” Greenwell wrote.