When Jerome Dyson went down early UConn's win over Syracuse on Wednesday night, it looked fairly innocent. Knees banged, and the early report was that he had banged knees with another player and at worst it would be a contusion that would leave him day-to-day.
An MRI today showed that it was much worse. Dyson suffered a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. The injury requires surgery and the chances are good that he is done for the season. The loss of Dyson is a huge blow to UConn which has looked like one of, if not the best, team in the country.
The final determination on Dyson's season will depend on the extent of the damage to the knee. That will not be learned until the surgery is performed next week.
Dyson is UConn's second leading scorer with 13.2 points/game. He also leads the team in steals, is second in assists, third in rebounding and has averaged over 29 minutes/game. Dyson is a wing guard that specializes in slashing to the basket and is probably the team's best defender on the perimeter.
Last year, UConn's hope for a deep NCAA Tourney run was dashed when point guard A.J. Price suffered a torn ACL in the first round game of the NCAA Tournament. A new year, a new knee injury.