Jessica Shepard Tears ACL; Fellow Elite Prospects Send Support

Jessica Shepard, who was averaging 33.8 points per game, had her senior season cut short by a knee injury. Chris Coduto/Icon Sportswire

Nebraska recruit Jessica Shepard, the No. 3 prospect in the nation, injured her knee Monday and will miss the rest of her senior season at Fremont (Nebraska). Coach Tony Weinandt told the Lincoln Journal Star that the 6-foot-4 forward would undergo surgery after tearing the ACL in her left knee.

Shepard had recently been named to the Nike Tournament of Champions all-tournament team after playing in a field that included Connecticut recruit Katie Lou Samuelson and Tennessee recruit Jamesha "MeMe" Jackson. Shepard averaged 32 points and 14 rebounds in Fremont's four games in Phoenix.

Shepard spent the summer before her senior season winning a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, where she averaged 12.6 points per game.

Notre Dame recruit Arike Ogunbowale, who struck gold with the USA U17 team, also sent warm wishes on Twitter.

Shepard, who was averaging 33.8 points per game, is part of a Cornhuskers recruiting class that includes Lanie Page, Rachel Blackburn and Maddie Simon and is ranked 10th in the nation.

Shepard, who was named the Nebraska Gatorade player of the year as a sophomore and a junior, continued to support her teammates and seemed upbeat on social media.