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Bouknight, UConn Men’s leading scorer, cleared to return

Bouknight, who averages 20.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, injured his left arm diving for a loose ball in a game at Marquette
Credit: AP
Connecticut guard James Bouknight (2) celebrates with guard Tyrese Martin (4) after making a basket against DePaul during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, in Storrs, Conn. (David Butler II/Pool Photo via AP)

MANSFIELD, Connecticut — After missing eight games with an arm injury, UConn’s leading scorer James Bouknight has been cleared to return and is expected to see action in Tuesday night’s game against Providence College.

Bouknight, who averages 20.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, injured his left arm diving for a loose ball in a game at Marquette back on January 5. The sophomore guard from Brooklyn NY, had surgery on his left arm exactly six weeks ago.

“Losing Bouknight could have been a knockout punch for a program that was still trying to get its footing in year three,” said Head Coach Dan Hurley on Monday. “When he does return or even if he doesn’t, we still have a shot to accomplish our main goal.”

And that goal, according to Hurley, is qualifying for the NCAA Tournament. Heading into Tuesday’s game, the Huskies are fifth in the Big East Conference standings and sit 9-5 overall with six games left in the regular season.