Michigan State’s Ben Carter hasn’t set foot on the floor for the Spartans in game action yet.
Now, the Spartans have announced that due to a knee injury requiring surgery, Carter will have to wait even longer to play.
The fifth-year transfer will be out for an “extended period of time,” according to Monday’s release.
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The injury took place over the weekend, when Carter landed awkwardly after contesting a shot.
“I feel awful for Ben,” Spartans coach Tom Izzo said in the release. “He had worked extremely hard on his rehab and to suffer another knee injury on a fluke play is incredibly cruel.”
According to his Michigan State bio, Carter suffered a season-ending knee injury at UNLV last season after playing in 22 games and starting seven. He averaged 8.6 points and six rebounds in that stretch.
In 2014-15, Carter sat out at UNLV due to transfer rules.
Before that, the Las Vegas, Nev. native played two years at Oregon, averaging just over two points and two rebounds per game in both seasons.
Carter is one of six forwards on the Spartans’ roster.