BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) UVM freshman guard Skyler Nash has a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season. Nash suffered the injury in practice and has sat out the last three games. It was widely expected to be season-ending, and head coach John Becker said Tuesday that an MRI confirmed the tear.
Nash played in nine games for the Cats this year, averaging just over seven and a half minutes per game. The NCAA rule for a medical hardship waiver is that a player can't have played in more than 30% of the team's games, and Nash will come in under that figure, so he likely will retain four years of eligibility after this season.
With Nash out, Bailey Patella's redshirt is now in question. Becker says the Vermont Academy alumnus will have the opportunity in practice to prove he's ready to contribute this season. If he does so, Patella will be given the choice to continue sitting out or provide bench minutes for the Cats this year.