ATHENS — Juwan Parker, the third-leading scorer this past season for the Georgia men’s basketball team, had surgery to repair the Achilles in his right leg on Tuesday. It was the player’s second such injury in three years.
This surgery was on a different leg. Parker missed the entire 2015-16 season after recovering from Achilles surgery on his left leg. He returned to be injury-free almost to the end of this past season, before hurting his left Achilles late in the season.
Parker ended up missing the team’s final game of the year, the first-round loss in the NIT, after trying to play through the injury in the SEC tournament. The team said last week that Parker had a partial tear in the Achilles.
A team spokesman confirmed that Parker had a “procedure” on Tuesday. Parker posted a picture of himself on Instagram after the surgery, with the right leg wrapped.
A 6-foot-5 small forward, Parker started 31 games this year, averaging 9.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He was also second on the team with 57 assists.
Parker, who graduated prior to the season, has said several times that the plan was for him to return for his final season of eligibility. He hasn’t been available for interviews since the end of the SEC tournament, but head coach Mark Fox indicated after the NIT that he expected Parker to return.