Wyoming senior-to-be guard Luke Martinez will undergo surgery on his left wrist April 12 in Laramie. Martinez sprained the wrist during the first half of the Cowboys’ first-round College Basketball Invitational game against North Dakota State on March 14.
X-rays showed no broken bones, and UW men’s basketball trainer Dustin Enslinger said doctors will look at the wrist arthoscopically to see what needs to be done to repair the wrist.
“When they took pictures just recently they thought the best way to travel down this road to give him the best chance of a real successful senior year is to do some minor surgery now,” coach Larry Shyatt said.
“I remember a fast-break, going up for a layup and coming down on it wrong,” said Martinez of the injury. “Going to the free-throw line it kind of starting hurting a little bit.”
Martinez didn’t miss any game action in that game, nor did he in UW’s next game at Washington State where it lost 61-41. Martinez said the injury didn’t affect his play, but in those two games he was a combined 3 of 13 from the field.
Martinez was the Cowboys’ best perimeter shooter with a Mountain West-best 81 3-pointers. He shot 33.5 percent from behind the arch, but was 6 of 35 over the last four games.
Shyatt said all other returning players coming back in good shape. They started lifting Tuesday and individual workouts begin after Easter.
“I’m not too worried about it,” said Martinez on the surgery. “My focus is on school right now and passing my classes.”
For more on this story and an update on basketball recruiting, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.