Arizona 5-Star Redshirt Freshman Ray Smith Retires From Basketball

Three ACL tears in less than three years led to the decision.
by November 04, 2016

After suffering an ACL tear for a third consecutive year this week, Arizona redshirt freshman Ray Smith announced yesterday that he is stepping away from the game for good. Once a top-25 prospect in the recruiting Class of 2015, the 6-8 forward suffered an ACL tear in his right knee the summer before his senior year of high school ball, causing him to miss the season. Last year, then a rising freshman at Arizona, Smith once again tore his ACL, this time on this right knee, during practice before the start of the season and ultimately missed the entire campaign. And now just this week, on Tuesday night, while partaking in an exhibition game in what would be the start of his redshirt freshman year, the Las Vegas native suffered another ACL injury, in the same right knee as last year. On Thursday, Smith announced on Twitter that he would be stepping away from the game.