Colorado coach Tad Boyle didn't just lose a game Sunday when the Buffaloes fell to Washington, he also lost his best player.
Spencer Dinwiddie, an affable combo guard with great length and scoring ability, was helped off the court in the first half against the Huskies after suffering a left knee injury. The MRI on Monday revealed what everybody most feared: Dinwiddie has a torn left ACL, and will undergo surgery Tuesday, per ESPN's Jeff Goodman.
Now the big question is where Dinwiddie will go from here.
Prior to the season, there was little doubt that he intended to enter the NBA draft once his junior year was over.
"Well, I mean yeah, I want to go. That’s not a secret," he told ESPN.com at Pac-12 Media Day in San Francisco. "I’ve said that a lot. If everything goes right, if the pundits are right and everything goes true to form, then why wouldn’t I leave?"
But what about now? With this injury, obviously everything hasn't gone right. However, prior to Sunday, Dinwiddie was on track to be a first-rounder, checking in at No. 27 on Chad Ford's latest Big Board. Though his scoring was slightly down from last season (from 15.3 points per game to 14.7), his field goal percentage was way up (from 41.5 to 46.6), his 3-point shooting was improved (33.8 to 41.3), and his turnovers were down (2.2 TPG to 1.8).
So what's Dinwiddie's best option going forward? Should he now return to school, or can his draft stock overcome this crushing injury? I reached out to Ford about this, and here's what he had to say:
"I think, given how packed the draft is, that he’ll be better served returning for another season if he can’t play anymore this year. He was projected as a late first-rounder before the injury, but if the injury is serious, it would bump him into the second round."