CINCINNATI, Ohio — Greg McDermott may be without point guard Maurice Watson Jr. for a long time.
The rest of the season to be exact.
Watson, who led the nation in assists per game with 8.8 entering today, was carried off the court in the first half of Creighton’s 72-67 victory at Xavier. The 5’10’ playmaker left the game when slashing through the paint and making a running layup as he was fouled.
Moments before, Watson banged knees with a Musketeers’ defender and required assistance to get to the bench. The Boston University transfer was tested by trainers and given the okay to return despite a limp.
After scoring, the double-digit scorer (13.4 PPG) is reported to have told McDermott, “I’m done. I heard it pop.” Thankfully, good news was revealed by Watson after the game as “no structural ligament damage” was found.
“When I got to testing there was no structural ligament damage from the trainer, which is a good sign,” Watson said to Creighton Athletics post-game. “Right now I got to live in the training room and get back for my team.”
Jeff Goodman of ESPN reports the team fears Watson has a torn meniscus, which would lead to a crucial decision in what recovery procedure is utilized.
According to WebMD, Watson can undergo an uncomplicated meniscectomy or meniscus repair surgery, depending on the severity. If the prior treatment is utilized, the All-American candidate could return by the Big East tournament thanks to a recovery time of 4-6 weeks. Though, if going under the knife is necessary, he will be out for 3-6 months and miss Creighton’s NCAA Tournament run.
The Creighton Blue Jays are currently 18-1 (5-1) and ranked 7th in the Associated Press’ Top 25. A lull in top opponents begins on Saturday for Creighton when Marquette travels to Omaha. Matchups with Georgetown and DePaul follows in the week after.
– P. Wesner