The Marquette Golden Eagles will be without one of their sophomore guards for at least some of the 2018-19 season, as the school announced Wednesday evening that Greg Elliott had surgery for a thumb injury suffered in practice last week.
Sophomore guard Greg Elliott of the Marquette University men’s basketball team underwent successful surgery Wednesday afternoon, head coach Steve Wojciechowski announced.
Elliott’s surgery repaired a torn ligament in his left thumb (typical recovery time is 8-12 weeks), which he injured in practice on Oct. 5. He suffered an injury to the same thumb in 2017 that didn’t necessitate surgery.
”We are disappointed for Greg, especially knowing how hard he worked in the offseason to prepare for his sophomore year,” Wojciechowski said. ”We are confident he will apply his tremendous work ethic to his rehabilitation process and get back on the court soon.”
The Detroit, Michigan native played in all 35 games for MU in 2017-18, making four starts, and averaged 4.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. He finished third on the team in blocked shots (24).
Elliott was projected to be a vital roleplayer for the Golden Eagles yet again this season, as he brings strong play to both sides of the ball.
The 8-12 week timetable is very interesting, as well. Eight weeks puts him back in action on December 5, three days before Marquette’s game against Wisconsin. The 12 week estimate puts Elliott back in the first week of Big East play. With a crowded roster that should have a set rotation by then, it’s possible that Wojciechowski ultimately decides to redshirt Elliott this season.