For the second straight year, Alterique Gilbert’s season is over before New Year’s. Gilbert, UConn’s talented redshirt freshman guard, will sit out the remainder of the 2017-18 season and likely undergo surgery in the coming weeks to repair damage to his left shoulder, according to the school. Gilbert has already had surgery on his shoulder twice, including last December. The UConn medical staff, in conjunction with noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, has determined that additional surgery would likely be best for him. Gilbert is expected to make a complete recovery and be ready to resume his college career in 2018-19. “As we have said all along, we are going to listen to Alterique and do what is best for him and his family,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said, in a statement. “If that includes surgery, then we will give him all the support he needs and welcome him back on the court next season. Meanwhile, he will have the chance to see the game from a different perspective. I know he will continue to be a great team leader — during practice, during games and off the court as well.” If Gilbert opts for surgery again, his range of motion will likely be limited for the rest of his career. However, the likelihood of him suffering the same type of injury would be practically zero.