Baylor’s star forward Johnathan Motley has torn his MCL, according to the Waco Tribune Herald’s report. Motley was just recently voted the first consensus All-American in Baylor Men’s Basketball history.
“It is likely a small tear,” the Fantasy Doctor’s Dr. Selene Parekh said. The repair will allow his to him to return to the court or begin to train in four to six weeks. Dr. Parekh does not believe the injury will have any lasting effects on his play.
Motley is coming off his junior season at Baylor, where he averaged 17 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game. He led the Bears to an appearance in the Sweet Sixteen in March. Despite garnering attention in many respected NBA mock drafts, he has yet to make an official decision on whether to enter the NBA draft. Draft Express currently has Motley being selected in the early second round.
Regardless of where he decides to play this fall, he should have no problems returning to full healthy by the start of the next basketball season. However, he may reconsider declaring for the draft because he is unlikely to be able to showcase his skills at the NBA Draft Combine which takes place May 9-14. However, he should have enough opportunities to work out for certain NBA teams when he returns to health in June..
If he chooses to declare for the draft he is still projected to be selected in the second round because his injury is considered minor. As a projected second round pick in the draft, he will have no set place in an NBA rotation right away. He will have to prove he can compete at the NBA level, but his post game and physicality are what has NBA executives thinking he can make the transition.
Perhaps the knee injury could sway him to play it safe and return for his senior season. Three of the five members of the starting five will be returning for their senior seasons. Motley may want to join them. The injury may not have anything to do with his decision but it could ultimately be what makes him decide to return for his senior year. Forward Terry Maston had 19 points in two of the three games his team played in the NCAA Tournament this season. Maston would not get the big minutes increase he would be expected to receive should Motley enter the NBA.