The Notre Dame men’s basketball team was dealt a crushing blow Friday.
Forward and co-captain Tim Abromaitis tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during practice and will miss the rest of the season, according to a university news release.
Abromaitis played in two games this week after sitting out the first four games because of a misunderstanding of the NCAA eligibility rules during his sophomore season.
The 6-foot-8 senior averaged 14 points and seven rebounds in losses to Missouri (87-58 Monday) and Georgia (61-57 Tuesday) in the CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo.
Abromaitis, who received his finance degree in 2010 and MBA in 2011, was the Irish’s top returning scorer from last season (15.4 points per game).
“Tim Abromaitis is one of the great stories in college athletics and represents everything that is good about college basketball,” coach Mike Brey said in a statement. “We are all disappointed for Tim because of all that he has meant to our program. He has been such a big part of our success over the past three seasons. Tim is such a special young man and an unbelievable representative of Notre Dame both on and off the basketball court.”
Abromaitis was a preseason All-Big East selection, and he played for the U.S. national team in the World University Games this summer.
He is expected to undergo surgery in the next two weeks, according to the university.
Notre Dame (4-2) plays Bryant at 2 p.m. Sunday.