We have been reporting for the past few weeks that it didn’t look likely that USC senior forward Dominique Archie would be returning this season. Today USC confirmed that Archie will undergo season ending knee surgery. Archie hurt his knee in the November 22nd game against Miami at the Charleston Classic.
Our sources told us after the injury that Archie had a ligament tear that was going to require surgery but USC coach Darrin Horn played it very close to the vest and only said Archie would be out “indefinitely” and for the most part Horn refused to talk about the injury. Archie has not met with the media since the injury occurred.
Horn did issue a statement today through his SID:
“After re-evaluation with the doctors, it has been determined that Dominique will be required to undergo season-ending knee surgery. Despite the encouraging response from his rehab, it was determined that he will not be able to reach full strength without surgery. Our number one priority throughout this process has been Dominique and his best interests, for his future as an individual and a basketball player. We will continue to support and encourage him in any way we can.”
Archie averaged 14.4 points and 6.0 rebounds in five games played this season. He is the most versatile player on the Gamecocks roster and he will be a big loss to the team. There is no one player on the team that can rebound, shoot and score the way Archie did prior to his injury. The Gamecocks have not been the same since they lost him. I just don’t see them losing to Wofford with Archie on the floor. Frankly I don’t think they would have lost to Miami had Archie not been injured early in the first half.
Now we will wait and see what the status is for the other injured Gamecock. That would be Mike Holmes, who injured his eye “horsing around” during a weekend break at his house the weekend after Thanksgiving. Horn has said he hopes Holmes will be back in time for SEC play. I do find it strange that Holmes has not been seen or heard from since the injury. We are told his surgery went well but he has not been on the bench for any of USC’s games (home or away) since the injury. He has reportedly been spotted at some of the women’s games but I haven’t confirmed that. It is strange that Horn and his staff have essentially kept Holmes hidden during his injury.
The Gamecocks play host to Furman tonight at 7:00.