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James Bouknight out indefinitely after elbow surgery

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UConn’s star guard will miss more time. His status for the rest of the season is unknown.

NCAA Basketball: DePaul at Connecticut
UConn men’s basketball guard James Bouknight dunks the ball against the DePaul Blue Demons in the second half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. 
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UConn men’s basketball will be without James Bouknight “indefinitely” after the star guard underwent elbow surgery Tuesday, according to the athletic department.

Bouknight could be out 2-4 weeks, according to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, but UConn has not set a return date at this point. Bouknight is UConn’s leading scorer and a potential lottery pick in the next NBA Draft.

Bouknight was a game-time decision over the last two games, according to Dan Hurley, though he sat out both contests, against Butler and DePaul. The injury occurred in the first half of UConn’s Jan. 5 game against Marquette; guard Koby McEwen fell on top of Bouknight’s left elbow at midcourt with a few minutes remaining in the first half.

Bouknight missed the rest of the half and several minutes in the beginning of the second. He did end up playing a majority of the second half, but Bouknight, the team’s leading scorer, was a shell of his usual self and did not score the rest of the game.

The sophomore from New York has averaged 20.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game through six games this season for the Huskies. He is the Big East’s second-leading scorer, trailing only St. John’s Julian Champagnie.