Virginia basketball's London Perrantes underwent an appendectomy on November 29th and will miss the team's game against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Timetable for his return has not yet been announced.
Wahoo fans are all too familiar with appendix removal and its effect on basketball players. Justin Anderson had his taken out before the season finale last year against Louisville, just as he was set to return from a wrist injury.
Anderson's appendectomy took place on March 5th, and he returned for limited action against Florida State on March 12th, just 7 days later. That's on the fast side - here are a few other examples: The Kansas City Chiefs' Matt Cassel played 11 days after his surgery. Comparing to some other basketball cases, Brandon Davies missed 11 days as well for BYU. Travis Wear of UCLA missed almost 3 weeks, while WSU's Devonte Lacy was back in action in 8 days. With Virginia's exam break looming (no games between 12/8 and 12/19), that matchup on the 19th against Villanova looks to be a reasonable (albeit purely speculative) guess at a return time.
With London out, expect Devon Hall and Darius Thompson to take on some added responsibility running the point. The team's next three games are against Ohio State, William and Mary, and West Virginia. Perrantes's steady hand would be especially useful against the Mountaineers' pressure defense, who have forced the nation's highest TO% this season.
Get well soon, London!