Joel Smith, senior co-captain and leading scorer of the Northeastern Huskies during the 2012-2013 season, underwent successful surgery this week to repair an ACL injury, a source within the Northeastern athletic department said Wednesday.
Smith, a first Team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection, tore his ACL during the CAA Tournament in Richmond during the first weekend in March. The sharpshooter played 37 minutes in the Huskies’ second-round victory over George Mason and 21 minutes in the tournament’s championship game loss to James Madison. Smith scored just six points against JMU and fouled out of the game with 7:46 remaining in the second half.
Following the conference championship, Northeastern traveled to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama in the opening round of the NIT. But, after traveling with the team, Smith did not dress or play in the team’s 62-43 loss.
Smith, who averaged 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game this season while shooting an incredible 48.5 percent from the field and 43 percent from deep, will continue to work with the Northeastern medical staff on his rehab while completing his graduate studies.
He will resume training for a potential professional basketball career once his rehab is complete. Smith is not projected as a prospect for the NBA, but the 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard has the size and offensive skill set to have a long and prosperous career overseas. The 1,000-point scorer was widely viewed as the best 3-point shooter in the entire conference this season.