Oregon senior forward Chris Boucher underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to repair his torn left anterior cruciate ligament.
The most popular Duck sustained the injury in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinal against California. Boucher tore the ACL in the first half, but remained in the game to finish with 10 points and two blocked shots. He is expected to make a full recovery.
“Chris Boucher underwent successful ACL reconstruction surgery,” said Dr. Riley Williams. “We anticipate a full recovery with rehab set to start next week.”
The procedure took place in New York at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Clearly, the Sports Illustrated cover boy will not be able to join his teammates at the 2017 NBA Draft Combine in Chicago from May 9-14. Yet, rehabilitation is set to begin in less than a week which is a great sign for his future prospectus.
Boucher may be the most “skilled” player from the historic 2016-17 Oregon basketball team. His NBA Draft stock took quite the hit with his injury, yet it will not scare away a majority of NBA suitors.
Dylan Ennis, Dillon Brooks, Tyler Dorsey and Jordan Bell are expected to participate in the combine next month. Everyone but Ennis will have 10 days after the showcase to declare for the NBA Draft in June.
After an incredible career that saw Boucher record an unreal 35-0 record at home from Matthew Knight Arena, the 6-foot-10 versatile athlete is ready for his next step.
Boucher averaged 11.8 points per game, alongside 6.1 rebounds a night this past season. He led the Pac-12 in blocked shots with 2.6 per contest.
The Montreal native set the UO single-season record with 110 rejections in 2015-16. CB is also the only person in Pac-12 history to record 35 or more 3-pointers and 100 or more blocked shots in one season. He is No. 2 all-time in Oregon program history with his 189 career blocked shots. Bell is ranked No. 1 with 233 career blocks.
NBA GM’s are salivating at the thought of Boucher playing for their franchise. Only time will tell who has the most interest. Look for my NBA Draft Preview for every eligible Oregon Duck in the coming days/weeks.