Canada's Andy Rautins injures knee
Syracuse junior Andy Rautins will miss the Orange's 2007-08 season after injuring his left knee while playing for Canada in the FIBA Americas Tournament in Las Vegas.
Rautins, Syracuse's best three-point shooter last season, was hurt during the first half of Canada's preliminary round game against Brazil on Wednesday, a 75-67 loss.
An MRI Thursday confirmed a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a partially torn medial collateral ligament in the knee.
Rautins's injuries were "as bad as thought. Maybe worse," said Leo Rautins, the player's father and coach of the Canadian team.
"But there was no structural or cartilage damage. At least, you can heal."
The younger Rautins started 20 games and averaged 7.2 points per game as a sophomore.
A six-foot-five guard, Rautins led Canada in scoring at the World University Games in Brazil earlier this summer, earning a spot on the national team roster for the FIBA tournament