Junior point guard Tray Woodall will have surgery to repair a sports hernia and sophomore forward J.J. Moore to repair a fractured bone in his right foot.
We know Woodall was hurt this season during the Duquesne game, but I hadn't heard it classified as a sports hernia until now. At the time it was announced Woodall would be out for approximately a month, the 'good news' was that his injury wouldn't require surgery. We know now that he likely needed it, but fought through it. Makes giving him grief for missing jumpers a bit more ridiculous, right?
According to the article, Woodall will also be out for about three months with Moore, meaning he could miss the Greentree Summer League as well. But here's the thing with that ...Woodall got off to a blistering start last year while Moore did not. At this point, I don't care if it means him sitting out all summer - I just want to see him get better. It'd be nice if he could play over the summer, but it's even more important to have him healthy.
Woodall is going to be a huge part of the offense next year. Earlier this season, he was on a near-record pace for assists in a season. Pitt needs him to serve as the catalyst for the offense now more than ever - especially with the loss of Ashton Gibbs and Nasir Robinson. Others may be more talented, but make no mistake - this is Woodall's team next year.