BJ Andrade will not be playing for Ateneo de Manila University in this year's UAAP Men's Basketball Tournament after injuring his right knee and needing surgery.
Final results are yet to be determined, but the Blue Eagles are fearing that the injury will keep the supposedly incoming fourth-year wing out of the lineup for Season 83. "All indications show that it's an ACL tear," head coach Tab Baldwin said.
Andrade suffered the apparent ACL tear in the first quarter of their 2020 Philippine Collegiate Champions League NCAA-UAAP Challenge matchup opposite San Beda University last Saturday.
The 21-year-old only averaged 1.3 points, 1.1 assists, and 1.0 rebounds while playing 11 games in the blue and white's title run a season ago, but was expected to take a step forward with the departures of mainstays Thirdy Ravena, Adrian Wong, and Mike and Matt Nieto.
According to Coach Tab, Andrade's surgery has been penciled in for February 21.
With the timeline for recovery from ACL injuries somewhere between six to eight months, the 6-foot swingman looks like he will miss Ateneo's title defense which will begin in September.