Villanova will be without its senior leader for the rest of the season. After injuring his knee in last night’s home win over Creighton, an MRI today revealed that Collin Gillespie has a torn MCL.
The three-year starting point guard went down awkwardly with a left knee injury with less than seven minutes remaining in the first half of Wednesday’s 72-60 victory over the Bluejays.
Villanova head coach Jay Wright referred to Gillespie’s injury as ‘serious’ at his postgame presser.
Gillespie is averaging 14.0 points, 4.6 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game this year. He’s also draining 37.6% of his attempts from 3-point land.
Villanova (16-4) wrapped up the Big East regular-season title with its win over Creighton, but it won’t be the same without Gillespie. He averaged 15.1 points, 4.5 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 SPG as a junior last year.
As a freshman in 2017-18, Gillespie averaged 14.4 minutes per game as a reserve on the team that won the national title by beating Michigan in the finals. He had a 34/14 assist-to-turnover ratio, made a career-best 39.4 percent of his launches from downtown and hit 80.0 percent of his free-throw attempts.
Villanova will close out the regular season on Saturday at Providence.