MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team simply can shake the injury bug.
Wisconsin sophomore forward Aleem Ford suffered an injury to his knee and will undergo surgery on Wednesday, the UW Sports Medicine Staff announced. Ford will be out indefinitely, but is expected to return to the Badgers later this season.
Ford appeared in all 33 games last season as a redshirt freshman, starting 20. He averaged 5.8 points and 2.8 rebounds, while shooting a team-high 40.9 percent (45-110) from 3-point range. A native of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Ford’s 45 3-pointers ranked as the fifth-highest freshman total in UW history.
In Sunday’s closed-door scrimmage, Ford scored 19 points.
A year ago, Wisconsin saw its season derailed with injuries to guards Kobe King and D’Mitrik Trice in December.
In Ford’s absence, UW will likely rely heavily on seniors Ethan Happ and Khalil Iverson, as well as sophomore Nathan Reuvers
Wisconsin opens the 2018-19 season with an exhibition against UW-Oshkosh on Friday and will begin the regular season on Nov. 6 against Coppin State.