The Da'Sean Butler injury update everyone was waiting for revealed significant damage, as the West Virginia star suffered a torn ACL in Saturday's Final Four showdown against Duke, according to an article at ESPN.com.
Butler was whistled for a charge late in the second half and immediately grabbed his knee in excruciating pain. West Virginia coach Bob Huggins eventually met Butler on the floor, dropping to his knees and cradling Butler's head while delivering an emotional message.
It was, indeed, adding injury to insult. The Mountaineers had long since lost control of the game, as Duke caught fire from downtown and got more than 60 points combined from the trio of Nolan Smith, Kyle Singler and Jon Scheyer.
It was also a bitter end to a sweet season for West Virginia and Butler, in particular. He willed West Virginia to a handful of victories this season, most notably through the Big East Tournament, when he lifted and carried his teammates to a surprise title.
One can only hope he recovers quickly from the injury and can show scouts he's still capable of playing at the next level, as nothing can diminish the momentum he built over the last month like a devastating knee injury.
Butler is a solid player, and, by all accounts, an even better person - Huggins has said so several times himself - and one can only hope he recovers in time to have a successful career.