In addition to having a very distinguishable name and family, Wyoming Cowboys junior forward Larry Nance Jr. has been one of the best players in the always competitive Mountain West Conference this season. Unfortunately, though, there is a report circulating that his 2013-2014 season has come to an end due to an injury.
ESPN’s Andy Katz broke the news that Nance Jr. has been diagnosed with a torn ACL:
Leading scorer Larry Nance Jr. tore his right ACL in Wyoming’s victory against Fresno State on Tuesday night and will miss the rest of the season, a source with direct knowledge of the situation said. The Cowboys’ coaching staff was informed of the severity of the injury Wednesday morning, the source said. Surgery for Nance is pending.
Obviously, this is a huge blow for Wyoming. While they aren’t quite on the national landscape in the same way as their MWC partner in San Diego State, the Cowboys have been a strong program for a long time, and Nance is, by far, their most valuable player. This season, the 6-foot-8 forward is averaging 15.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per contest (leading the team in all 3 categories), and he’s the biggest key to their solid 8-5 conference mark.
Nance is currently the 27th ranked junior in the country by DraftExpress, and is considered a lock to play professionally somewhere, even if it isn’t in the NBA.