UConn’s Amida Brimah out 6-8 weeks following surgery on broken finger

Without Brimah, UConn loses a lot of its defensive legitimacy in the paint. (USATSI)

A week away from a big road game against 8-3 Texas, Connecticut has announced its starting center, Amida Brimah , needs surgery to fix a broken finger. The reigning American Athletic Conference defensive player of the year now won’t see the court again until February at the earliest; the procedure will keep the NBA-hopeful off the court for UConn for the next 6-8 weeks, per the school’s forecast.

Brimah broke his ring finger in his right hand at Monday’s practice. The UConn junior big man hails from Ghana, and, over the past 2 1/2 seasons, has significantly improved his game to the point where he’s now catching the attention of many NBA scouts. So far this season, Brimah’s averaging 7.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.0 blocks while shooting 72.5 percent.

“As I said after the game on Sunday, Amida is one of the best defensive players in the country, so obviously not having him has a big impact on us,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said. “But you never know when somebody can get hurt, which is why everybody always has to be ready to play.”

Brimah’s surgery is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. He missed UConn’s win on Sunday over UMass Lowell due to a groin issue. It was the first time he sat out a game since he got to the school. UConn is 7-3 with a home game against Central Connecticut State on Wednesday.

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