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VCU sophomore guard Jamir Watkins out with torn ACL

VCU has confirmed that sophomore guard Jamir Watkins suffered an ACL tear in his right knee during practice this week. Fans began to speculate on an injury on the forums yesterday as Watkins posted an image to his Instagram story with the caption “Minor setback for a major comeback”.

An MRI was performed by VCU Health which confirmed the injury. VCU states that Watkins will undergo surgery next week and is expected to miss the entire 2021-2022 season.

“We’re devastated by the news, but we know with Jamir’s work ethic and approach, he’ll be back and ready to work in a few months,” said VCU Head Coach Mike Rhoades. “His teammates will rally around him throughout his rehabilitation.”

This is a significant setback for the program as Watkins was expected to have a major impact in his sophomore season. As a freshman, he averaged 7.2 points and 2.6 rebounds for the Rams, many of those statistics coming later in the season where he helped the Rams solidify their NCAA tournament at-large resume.

VCU sophomore point guard Ace Baldwin is also out until at least January 2022 from an Achilles injury suffered in the offseason.

Mike Rhoades’ roster has plenty of size to fill Watkins minutes, though not quite as much experience.

Matt has been reporting on VCU sports for 13 years. He is a graduate of VCU (BS in Information Systems, 2004, MS in Information Systems, 2016).

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Ace and Watkins are solid starters for VCU and I expected a jump in offensive output this season from Watkins. He was really locked in on his 3 point shot and drives to the basket at the end of last season. This sucks for him. Luckily Rhoades made a good move getting Nunn and Tsohonis along with Jimmy Nichols. They still have the depth to handle this. Some of the freshmen will be ready to contribute as well. I keep hearing great things about Nunn, Kern and DeLoach. We shall see. I feel like I have been playing with house money as a fan since Wade went thru the revolving door. Coach Rhoades and his staff have picked up on recruiting so it will be fun to see how they all mesh as a team.
 

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Ace and Watkins are solid starters for VCU and I expected a jump in offensive output this season from Watkins. He was really locked in on his 3 point shot and drives to the basket at the end of last season. This sucks for him. Luckily Rhoades made a good move getting Nunn and Tsohonis along with Jimmy Nichols. They still have the depth to handle this. Some of the freshmen will be ready to contribute as well. I keep hearing great things about Nunn, Kern and DeLoach. We shall see. I feel like I have been playing with house money as a fan since Wade went thru the revolving door. Coach Rhoades and his staff have picked up on recruiting so it will be fun to see how they all mesh as a team.

And in steps....Jarren MacAllister...last year's injury.
 

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Let me take this rare opportunity to say this is exactly what i came here to post. Spot on sir. Not a one for one replacement in my opinion but certainly what I was thinking
Different skill set but both would likely be playing the 3 or 4 if we go small. Jamir is a much better shooter (unless Jarren has added a significant new tool) but Jarren is likely the better rebounder. Neither one is afraid of contact at the rim by any means. As usual it looks like games will be won by defense and getting out in transition. It would be nice if our shooting at the line stays around 75% because we may have the roster to shoot a pile of free throws every game.
 

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Absolutely hate this for J Watkins. VCU has finally a deep bench and the recruiting is really in high gear. We will get through this and should have a huge upside when he’s healthy next season. Can’t wait to see our new talent in action this year. Ace and Jamir will be missed most in our tournament in the islands, but by January I think we are going to be tough in league play.