Notre Dame's Abromaitis tears ACL
Posted on: November 25, 2011 6:20 pm
Edited on: November 25, 2011 6:40 pm
By Gary Parrish
Notre Dame announced Friday that senior Tim Abromaitis tore his ACL in a morning practice.
Now his season -- and almost certainly his college career -- is over.
"Tim Abromaitis is one of the great stories in college athletics and represents everything that is good about college basketball," said Notre Dame coach Mike Brey. "We are all disappointed for Tim because of all that he has meant to our program. He has been such a big part of our success over the past three seasons. Tim is such a special young man and an unbelievable representative of Notre Dame both on and off the basketball court."
Abromaitis was a lightly regarded recruit who turned into an All-Big East performer. The 6-foot-8 forward played just 3.3 minutes per game as a freshman, redshirted the following year, then averaged 16.1 points and 4.7 rebounds as a sophomore and 15.4 points and 6.1 rebounds as a junior. He was averaging 14.0 points and 7.0 rebounds this season.
It's unclear whether Abromaitis could get a sixth year of eligibility, and Brey told CBSSports.com on Friday that it's also unclear whether Abromaitis would even want one considering what he's already accomplished academically. Abromaitis graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in finance in May 2010 and received an MBA from the Mendoza College of Business in May 2011.
"We can put the waiver in for a sixth year, but what does Abro want to do will be the question," Brey texted. "There is nothing left to challenge him academically here anymore."