Auburn guard Allen Flanigan, a projected first-round choose within the 2022 NBA draft, will miss 12 to 14 weeks after present process a process to restore his proper Achilles, the college introduced on Tuesday.
The college stated in a press release that the damage stemmed from a “non-basketball associated trauma.”
“Allen is certainly one of our prime gamers and prime gamers within the SEC,” coach Bruce Pearl stated. “I am disillusioned for him however know he’ll do every thing in his energy to get again and lead us this season.”
A 6-foot-6 wing, Flanigan averaged 14.3 factors, 5.5 rebounds and a couple of.9 assists final season, capturing 33.8% from 3-point vary. He had six 20-point outings, together with 22 factors in a season-finale victory over Mississippi State.
Flanigan is ranked No. 19 in ESPN’s 2022 NBA draft rankings, the second-highest-ranked returning faculty participant.
“It is an unlucky state of affairs, however I belief that God has a plan,” Flanigan stated. “I’ll work onerous to get again stronger and higher than ever.”
With out Flanigan for the primary one to 2 months of the season, Devan Cambridge is predicted to tackle an even bigger function after beginning 19 video games final season and averaging 8.9 factors. Newcomers Jabari Smith and Walker Kessler are anticipated to start out up entrance, whereas transfers K.D. Johnson (Georgia), Wendell Inexperienced Jr. (Jap Kentucky) and Zep Jasper (Charleston) will battle for minutes within the backcourt.
Auburn is ranked No. 22 in ESPN’s most up-to-date Method-Too-Early Prime 25. The Tigers open the season in opposition to Morehead State on Nov. 9.