After Drexel star guard Damion Lee was helped off the court after an injury against Arizona on Wednesday night, all Dragon fans were holding their breath. Yesterday, the outcome everyone feared was announced as an MRI revealed that Lee was a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2013-2014 season.
Lee was voted to the All-CAA Pre-season first team along with teammate Frantz Massenat and everyone expected a big season from the junior.
But this author always like to put a positive spin on things and even though this injury certainly won't help Lee or the Dragons, there is still some light at the end of the tunnel. Given this injury happened only five games into the season, Lee would likely get a medical redshirt and still have two years of eligibility remaining with the Drexel Dragons.
Also, the Dragons have already shown they can win without Lee against tough competition. With Lee sitting out against Alabama on Friday, the Dragons pulled out a thrilling triple overtime win over the SEC squad at Madison Square Garden.
Unlike last season when sixth-year senior Chris Fouch suffered a leg injury three games into the season, Drexel has more experience and depth on this year's squad to overcome an injury like this. In addition to Massenat and Fouch in the backcourt, sophomore guard Tavon Allen has had a solid year so far and will most likely take the place of Lee in the starting lineup.
Also freshman guard Major Canady has shown he can handle playing some minutes through the first six games of the year and Seton Hall transfer Freddie Wilson will be eligible to play starting on December 15th at Davidson. Wilson is a combo guard that can handle the ball and shoot it from the outside and he could really be crucial in helping to replace Lee's production.
Drexel is currently 4-2 and will host Cleveland State tomorrow for the Dragons first home game at the DAC this season.