Nebraska senior forward Leslee Smith tears left ACL

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

We always see a slew of mid-summer injuries in college hoops.

The latest affects Nebraska, a program that rose from the soil last season under second-year coach Tim Miles. The Huskers made their first NCAA Tournament in ages, becoming a No. 11 seed and taking a huge step forward.

But some bad news hit the Huskers Tuesday, as the team announced Leslee Smith has torn his left ACL. It's the second ACL tear of Smith's career; he ripped his right one in 2011 when he was at SMU. The injury happened while Smith was playing for his home nation, the British Virgin Island, in the FIBA Caribbean Basketball Championships in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Smith played in every game for NU last season. The timetable for Smith (5.4 points per game, 4.8 rebounds per game last season) to return isn't known, but an ACL tear-and-recovery is normally four months, minimum. Surgery will be required, and from there, it will be a question of how much explosiveness Smith has with two repaired knees.

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