San Diego State guard Aqeel Quinn has a broken bone in his left hand and had surgery this morning, according to the U-T San Diego's Mark Zeigler.
Quinn suffered the injury at some point during the Maui Invitational, Zeigler reported.
Aqeel Quinn broke bone in left hand. Surgery was this am. No official timetable but these things generally take at least a month to heal.— Mark Zeigler (@sdutzeigler) December 1, 2014
Quinn posted a photo on Instagram earlier today showing him with a cast on his left hand. It's captioned, "Minor Setback...First surgery ever! Love all my family for checking in on me! #iWillBeBack."
Zeigler indicated there was no timetable for Quinn's return but that these injuries normally keep players out for about a month.
SDSU has the depth to replace Quinn while he's out. It definitely helps that SDSU could have sharp-shooter Matt Shrigley back for its game this Thursday against University of San Diego. Shrigley has been out since breaking his elbow in the Aztecs' exhibition against Point Loma Nazarene, but according to Zeigler, Shrigley is practicing with the team again.
This injury also means that forward Dakarai Allen will continue to get minutes. Steve Fisher and Allen's teammates have spoken highly of Allen's level of intensity and effort so far this year, so look for that to continue.
But Shrigley and Allen aside, Quinn's injury is very significant for SDSU. He's the team's second leading scorer with 9.7 points per game. Quinn is also one of the team's few players who can drive the lane just as efficiently as he can shoot from beyond the arc.
Most importantly, Quinn is a leader of this squad, and while he'll be the number one cheerleader from the bench, his presence will be sorely missed on the court.