Arizona’s Ray Smith retires after third ACL tear

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Ray Smith, aformer five-star recruit for the Arizona Wildcats, has decided to end his basketball career after sustaining another serious knee injury. The injury occurred during the first exhibition game of the season for Arizona against Colorado.

Smith posted a lengthy statement on Twitter announcing he will be stepping away from the game after his third ACL tear.

Smith was just never able to get his knees right. The redshirt freshman tore his ACL during his senior year of high school, his right knee last year, and has re-torn the ACL in his right knee for a second straight year, along with some meniscus damage.

Smith still intends to attend theuUniversity and finish his studies. His athletic scholarship can not be revoked for reasons relating to injury, so it appears he will have no trouble finishing his education if that is what he desires.

At 6-foot-8, the highly sough after recruit out of Las Vegas will be left wondering what could have been. He is expected to have surgery in a month and begin the lengthy rehabilitation process for the third year in a row.

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