Academics To Play A Role In Deciding Date For Banks’ Surgery

UConn coach Geno Auriemma said that there is still is no surgery date set for sophomore guard Brianna Banks, who tore the ACL in her right knee at St. John’s Feb. 2. However, he said that in determining a date academics will be considered.

Auriemma cited that the first few weeks of a semester can be difficult for a student-athlete. The spring semester began Jan. 22. A possible timeframe for Banks’ surgery could come during the days around Spring Break March 17-23.

“I know that one of the things that we talked about was the hardest part of school for a basketball player is the first three, four weeks of a semester,’’ Auriemma said. “And it’s not ideal to all of a sudden be laid up after surgery at the beginning of the semester. So I think we’re going to have to look at the schedule and find out what works, what timeframe works best. But my guess is we’re going to give her a chance to do some rehab, get stronger and get herself in pretty good shape for this semester school-wise and then go from there.’’

Auriemma expects that Banks will be ready to play at the start of next season.

“I would think so,’’ Auriemma said. “We’ve certainly had our share. And if there’s anybody better than (team athletic trainer) Rosemary (Ragle) out there I don’t know who it is. So we’ve got great doctors. We’ve got great athletic training. And (Banks’ tear) was pretty clean cut. No other complications. Everybody’s body reacts differently. So all I know is we’ve done it. We’ve been through this before and not it’s just time unfortunately to go through it again.’’