UConn women’s basketball guard Paige Bueckers, who won all but one of those national player of the year awards as a freshman last year, had surgery on her ankle, the college announced Saturday.
The process, which happened Friday, was to fix an osteochondral defect on her ankle. Bueckers is anticipated to prepare for preseason workouts in September. Osteochondral defects are called joint harm between the cartilage and bone.
After rolling her ankle against Tennessee on Jan. 21, Bueckers missed her only match of the year on Jan. 23 vs. Georgetown. A UConn spokeswoman said the ankle difficulty was pre-existing even prior to the Tennessee game.
She won the Naismith, Wooden, AP, espnW and USBWA participant of the year awards to the Huskies, who completed 28-2 and dropped in the national semifinals into Arizona. Freshman aren’t qualified to acquire another significant prize, the Wade Trophy.