Minnesota forward Eric Curry will miss the upcoming season after tearing his ACL, MCL and meniscus, head coach Richard Pitino announced Thursday. Curry’s left knee injury occurred during a pickup game.
#Gophers soph Eric Curry will miss the 2017-18 season after tearing his ACL, MCL & meniscus left knee, per team. He was a backup center & PF
— Marcus R. Fuller (@Marcus_R_Fuller) August 31, 2017
Curry produced in a reserve role as a freshman, averaging 5.5 points and 5.2 rebounds in 20 minutes per game last season.
“Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game, and we are certainly disheartened by the news,” Pitino said in a release. “Eric had a tremendous summer, but I am positive he will continue to get better as he recovers from this setback.”
Minnesota returns its starting frontcourt from last season, which helps lighten the blow of Curry’s season-ending injury. Still, other Golden Gophers will now be forced to play expanded roles.
Curry was expected to play both the PF and C so this will put extra importance on the performance of Davante Fitzgerald and Bakary Konate
— Ryan James (@RyanJamesMN) August 31, 2017