NC State star Terquavion Smith who is the top scoring player of the ACC and a potential lottery selection in the 2023 NBA Draft, suffered a terrifying injury in the game in the game against North Carolina and had to be removed from the court on stretchers by medical staff on the Dean Smith Center. The injury occurred just 9:45 minutes into the second quarter and UNC had a lead of 59-49. Smith tried to get the ball off the rim, and tried to stop a left-handed runner but fell backwards , landing heavily onto the flooring.
On Sunday, NC State provided a positive update for Smith informing that all xrays taken on Saturday were negative . He’s now out of the hospital. Smith has been declared day-to day for the group.
“NC State’s men’s basketball team junior guard Terquavion Smith was reported to have elbow and neck pains and felt numbness in his right hand following an incident in the second quarter of the game last night with North Carolina. Because of the reported neck pain, a medical procedure required the backboard as well as a stretcher to help him move,” the team said in an announcement. “Smith was transported by ambulance to UNC Medical Center and all-x scans that were taken on Saturday night were not positive. Smith was discharged from the hospital and then returned to Raleigh.
“Smith’s play-time is”day-to-day.”
NC State players and coaches were gathering around Smith praying before he was lowered onto an ambulance by medical staff in the courts. In the Dean Smith Center, the packed crowd was silent until getting a standing ovation after his departure through the tunnel for further testing.
UNC famous defensive player Leaky Black was deemed as a Flagrant 2 foul and was ejected for his part during the incident. Flagrant 2 fouls are those that require excessive contact. In the case of this incident was an incidental. As Smith was sliding back to his laid-back, Black was contesting the shot with a bang-bang swoop.
Smith who is ranked as in the top spot at No. 19 on the CBS Sports 2023 NBA Draft Prospect Rankings Smith averages 19.1 points. He also has 4.7 assists as well as 1.8 steals per contest during the season. All of these are among the top four players in all ACC players.
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