After going down with an injury in the opening minute of Sunday's win against Memphis, UConn confirmed on Monday that forward Akok Akok would miss the remainder of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, and on Tuesday, the school announced that he had underwent successful surgery to repair the tendon.
"Akok is resting comfortably and, barring any unforeseen circumstances, is expected to return to campus on Wednesday, where his recovery and rehabilitation will be monitored by the UConn medical and athletic training staff," the school announced.
"Just proud of the way the guys fought and the character they showed," an emotional head coach Dan Hurley said after Sunday's game. "So it was a big win, obviously, but that doesn't feel like there's no joy in it when something like that happens in the first minute. So sports are brutal sometimes. Life is brutal sometimes."
The freshman started 24 of UConn's 25 games this season. Akok enrolled at UConn last January, joining the program as a walk-on before earning a scholarship prior to the start of this season.
Akok was averaging 5.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 28.0 minutes per game in 2019-20.