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Dallas Walton tears ACL, rips our hearts out

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This ain’t fair

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Dallas Walton was already a feel good comeback story. He charged back after two ACL tears in high school to earn an offer from the home-state Colorado Buffaloes, and then charged in again as a redshirt freshman when Tory Miller-Stewart went down in 2017.

Well, on a team full of great stories, Walton just added another chapter.

Dallas Walton tore his ACL in practice and will miss the 2018-19 basketball season. He was the Buffs only “true” big man who was a great back-to-the-basket player and passer last year. After a promising season that included him famously outdueling Deandre Ayton in CU’s upset, it looked as if he was just starting to realize his massive potential. Hopefully he will be able to continue that improve after his year of rehabilitation. He has already used his redshirt year, so he will use a year of eligibility to rehab.

Walton’s minutes will most likely be replaced by committee. Tyler Bey, Lucas Siewert, Evan Battey, and even Alex Strating will get opportunities to play those minutes. The Buffs will move to smaller, quicker lineups, which may ultimately be for the best.

Get well soon, Dallas!