Fred Hoiberg announces season-ending injury to Nebraska starter
Nebraska’s Fred Hoiberg announced Wednesday evening that forward Juwan Gary will have left shoulder surgery and miss the remainder of the 2022-23 season.
Gary, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound forward, suffered the injury in the first half of Nebraska’s game against Illinois on Jan. 10. According to the Huskers, Gary met with a specialist earlier on Wednesday after an MRI revealed the extent of the injury. Surgery was the recommended course of action.
Hoiberg said the rehab process should take 5-6 months, but Nebraska expects him to be ready for the start of the 2023-24 season.
It will be a 5-6 week recovery, and Gary should be ready for the start of next season, per Hoiberg.
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Gary will have surgery next week, per NU.
“I feel for Juwan to have his season end because of injury,” Hoiberg said. “He brings so much to our team with his toughness and rebounding, and he was playing some of his best basketball when he got hurt. For Juwan, having the surgery now allows him to rehab and get back to 100 percent for the start of next season. Our team has taken a ‘next man up’ approach when we been without players, and that is what we will have to do in Juwan’s absence.”
A transfer in from Alabama this past offseason, Gary had started all 17 games for the Huskers before his injury, averaging 9.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and a team-high 1.4 steals per game.
The Huskers (10-9) beat Ohio State 63-60 Wednesday night in Lincoln. They return to the court Saturday against Penn State.