Georgia Tech point guard Jose Alvarado will miss the remainder of the season with a fractured left elbow, coach Josh Pastner announced Monday.
Alvarado suffered the injury when he fell on his arm during Sunday’s 80-69 loss to Duke. It was initially described as a dislocated elbow, but Pastner said Monday that X-rays revealed the fracture. Alvarado will undergo surgery and will need six to eight weeks to recover.
“He’s done,” Pastner said. “Even if we went on a run and went to the Final Four he wouldn’t play the remainder of the year.”
Alvarado is Georgia Tech’s second-leading scorer with an average of 12.1 points per game to go with 3.0 assists and 3.7 rebounds. The freshman is shooting 44.8 percent from the field, 37 percent from 3-point range and 80.2 percent from the free-throw line.
Alvarado had played every minute in each of the team’s previous four games. He and center Ben Lammers are the only players to appear in every game for Georgia Tech (11-14, 4-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) this season.
“He’s a really good kid and player,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said of Alvarado after Sunday’s game, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Pastner has not announced who will start in Alvarado’s place when the Yellow Jackets play at Wake Forest on Wednesday. However, it is expected that freshmen Moses Wright and Evan Cole will move into more significant roles. Guard Josh Okogie played point for most of Sunday’s game after Alvarado was injured, finishing with a season-high 29 points to go with four assists.
Point guard Justin Moore has not played since the Wright State game Dec. 22 and did not make the trip to play at Louisville last week due to academic obligations, and Pastner declined to say whether he’s a potential option moving forward.
“People might ask, ‘What about Justin?’” Pastner said. “Again, I won’t make any decisions until I get with the staff and we decide what’s best as we continue to move forward.”
Tech has six regular-season games remaining.
–Field Level Media