MSU’s Stapleton suffers knee injuries

By JOEL COLEMAN

sports@starkvilledailynews.com

Mississippi State announced Thursday that sophomore guard Xavian Stapleton has suffered both a torn anterior cruciate ligament and torn meniscus in his left knee and will be out for six months.

The injury was suffered Monday during a pickup basketball game.

Stapleton is scheduled to undergo surgery in early September.

A transfer from Louisiana Tech, Stapleton was already slated to miss the 2015-16 season due to NCAA rules.

“My heart goes out to Xavian and his family. You never want to see one of your players hurt,” MSU coach Ben Howland said in a university release. “But I’m 100 percent confident he’ll bounce back and be stronger than ever. It happened at a time that he should be ready to go when the season begins next year.”

As a freshman at Louisiana Tech, Stapleton played in all 36 games and drew one start. He averaged 6.7 points per game and was second on the team with 23 blocked shots. 

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