An MRI confirmed that UConn forward Akok Akok suffered a complete rupture of his left Achilles during Sunday's game against Memphis and will miss the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign, the school announced Monday, according to The Athletic's Charlotte Carroll.
The freshman's surgery will be scheduled within the next day or two.
Akok was injured less than a minute into the Huskies' 64-61 win over the Tigers. The 20-year-old fell awkwardly after blocking a shot attempt from Memphis star Precious Achiuwa.
Akok remained on the floor for several moments and needed to be assisted off the court. He later returned to the sidelines on crutches with a walking boot on his left foot.
Head coach Dan Hurley was emotional postgame as he talked about Akok.
"It was a big win, but there's no joy in it when something like that happens in the first minute," Hurley said postgame, according to ESPN. "Sports is brutal sometimes. Life is brutal sometimes."
Akok was UConn's top-rated recruit and the 63rd overall prospect on the ESPN 100 for 2019. He leads all players in the AAC with 2.6 blocks per contest.