Dec. 10, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State men’s basketball player Andrew Wilson will miss up to six weeks after an MRI revealed a complete tear of the scapho-lunate ligament in his right (shooting hand) wrist, which he suffered in during the first half of Sunday’s victory over Miami. The MRI was done Monday. Wilson will undergo surgery Friday at the Tallahassee Outpatient Surgery Center and have his wrist placed in a cast.
Wilson, who had started all five games this season for the 4-1 Seminoles, is the team’s fourth leading scorer with a 7.8 points per game average. He is averaging a career-high 27.2 minutes played per game.
“Andrew’s ability to contribute to our team in terms of all the intangibles that do not show up in the box scores will be difficult to replace while he is out of the lineup,” said head coach Leonard Hamilton. “It will be difficult to replace his understanding of our offensive and defensive philosophies. We are going to expect our players to become more aware of what we are trying to accomplish on the court to help make up for the loss of Andrew’s many contributions.”
Dr. Christian Berg and Dr. William Thompson of the Tallahassee Orthopedic Center will perform the outpatient surgery Friday, which will last about one hour. Thompson is the orthopedic surgeon for the Florida State men’s and women’s basketball teams. Berg, a wrist specialist, is also a partner at TOC.
Thompson said Wilson will be in a cast after surgery for three to six weeks and will require up to four weeks of rehabilitation following the removal of the cast.
Wilson missed all but seven minutes of the 2001-02 season when he was injured in the season opener against Florida. Wilson suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee Nov. 16 and was forced to miss the remaining 28 games of the Seminoles’ season. The NCAA granted him a medical redshirt following the season.
Florida State plays host to Birmingham Southern Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center.