Surgery, not Texas Tech or Kansas or anyone else in the Big 12 Conference, awaits Charles Boozer.
The Iowa State junior guard will go under the knife later this week to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Boozer, injured last Wednesday in ISU’s loss to No. 1 Texas, was coming off a career scoring night in the non-conference finale and was readying himself for a key role in Coach Greg McDermott’s rotation.
The phone call came last Friday on the bus ride to Nebraska: Boozer’s season was over.
“Obviously he was disappointed and we were disappointed,” McDermott said. “He was playing the best basketball of his career. You hate to see that happen at that time.”
McDermott tried to find the positive to draw from Boozer’s unfortunate injury.
ISU has just eight scholarship players available heading into Wednesday night’s 6:30 p.m. game in Lubbock, Texas.
“The silver lining is that he was feeling really good about the way he was playing,” McDermott said, “and I think that will help motivate him to really get after this rehab and get back on the floor as quickly as he can.”