UConn freshman center Amida Brimah was one of the many pleasant surprises to come out of the 2013-14 season. He arrived in Storrs with little fanfare, mostly because he had only been playing the game for just a few years.
But Brimah became an immediate force in the paint, particularly on the defensive end where he grabbed rebounds and blocked shots. And now, according to the New Haven Register, the rising sophomore will need shoulder surgery. He met with doctors Wednesday and then plan is to have surgery on his left shoulder by the end of the week.
"We’ll try to do it fast, so that he can get back before the season starts,” Nana Baafi, his legal guardian, said via the Register.
He was battling with it the whole season," Baafi continued. "If he doesn’t do it, it’s gonna keep coming. So, he might as well just do it, so he can be healthy ... He could have fought through it, but it’s not advisable. His health is more important. If something else happened, it might get worse.”
According to Baafi, it's the same shoulder injury that caused transfer Rodney Purvis to have surgery for a torn labrum last December.
“The brighter side is, it’s better for him to come back 100 percent than to go through the whole season again 80-90 percent,” Baafi said. “But with the kind of kid he is, with his work ethic, he’ll be fine.”
With no word on whether rising seniors Ryan Boatright or DeAndre Daniels will head for the NBA or return to Storrs, the Huskies will need Brimah as close to 100 percent as possible.