San Diego State Aztecs guard, Matt Shrigley, recently torn his ACL off campus at a local fitness center. Shrigley had reconstructive surgery on but is optimistic that he can return in time for March Madness.
Shrigley redshirted his freshman year as a developmental tool, but Fisher cannot save Shrigley's collegiate eligibility with another redshirt. Shrigley could apply for a sixth year eligibility at the end of the next year, but success is razor slim. Brian Carlwell in 2011 was the last SDSU player to appeal for a sixth year, but NCAA denied the request.
Shrigley's on-court presence is vital for the upcoming season, especially on a team that had lost J.J. O'brien, Dwayne Polee, and Aqeel Quinn. Shrigley was averaging 21.1 minutes per game, 32% on 3-pointers, and third in minutes played amongst the returning players. He was definitely on track earn more minutes and compete with Trey Kell for one of the wing guards.
This loss hits hard on Steve Fisher's roster. Losing Brodericks Jones this summer is already tough and that commitment to Jones took the Aztecs out of the market for fifth year transfers. Those players would have been able to immediately make impact. Fisher was looking forward to a 9-man rotation, but losing Jones and Shrigley might bring the rotation down to just seven or eight players.
Shrigley is optimistic that he could make it back during conference play or before March Madness begins. Shrigley returning at any time this season would bring relief and joy to the Steve Fisher' staff. The Aztecs enter another season of high expectations after reaching the round of 32 last year, losing to the eventual NCAA champion. After the humiliation at the hands of Duke, the Aztecs know they must score points to keep up. Though the three-ball will have to come from someone else.