The Arizona Wildcats will apparently be without one of the best guards for the 2019-2020 campaign. The school announced Wednesday night that sophomore Brandon Williams will miss the entire season because of a knee injury.
The news was first reported by Stadium’s Jeff Goodman and later confirmed by the school.
During his freshman year, Williams averaged 11.4 points and 3.4 assists per game. He did miss time, however, dealing with his knee.
Head coach Sean Miller issued a statement on the situation:
“Brandon is one of the most talented guards we have recruited during my tenure as head coach at Arizona. A year ago, Brandon quickly became one of our team’s best players and one of the Pac-12’s most exciting freshmen. The news of Brandon’s season-ending surgery is beyond disheartening. All of us that comprise Brandon’s Arizona Basketball family, as well as our own loyal and passionate fan base, will rally around him and support him as he begins his journey to recovery.”
Arizona’s sophomore Brandon Williams will miss this entire season after undergoing knee surgery, source told @Stadium. Significant blow to Arizona.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) August 7, 2019
According to 247 Sports, Williams had surgery in high school to correct a condition known as osteochondritis dissecans, a joint disorder.
Williams has reportedly had surgery this offseason and he’ll need to return ahead of the 2020-2021 season.
It’s unclear if this surgery is expected to solve the issue long-term.
From what I understand about the Arizona G Brandon Williams’ knee injury, question is long-term as much as short-term. Has joint condition causing the recurring knee injuries. Hope for the best. Second time in the last four years that he’ll miss the full season. Huge bummer
— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) August 7, 2019
Arizona’s 2019-2020 season officially starts on November 6 when the Wildcats take on Northern Arizona.