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UConn freshmen Gilbert, Diarra to miss the season

2016 McDonald's All American Game

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 30: Alterique Gilbert #24 of the West team drives past Andrew Jones #10 of the East team during the 2016 McDonalds’s All American Game on March 30, 2016 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The West won 114-107. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

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UConn received more bad news on Tuesday as the Huskies will be without freshman point guard Alterique Gilbert and freshman Mamadou Diarra for the rest of the season.

Gilbert, a McDonald’s All-American who was expected to be a key piece, will have season-ending surgery on an injured left should while Diarra has patella femoral syndrome and will redshirt.

Gilbert dislocated his left shoulder on Nov. 17 and has a torn labrum. The recovery time for that injury tends to hover around six months. Diarra has a wearing down of cartilage in his left knee but he’s going to spend a season rehabbing it in the hopes of improving.

Those two freshmen joining the injured list leaves UConn much thinner than at the start of the season as the Huskies are also without forward Terry Larrier after his torn ACL during the Maui Invitational.

Overall, UConn is going to have to turn things around very quickly with a thin rotation in order to have a shot at an at-large bid.

The 2-4 Huskies face Boston on Wednesday.