Mississippi State Bulldogs guard Xavian Stapleton tore his ACL earlier this week and will be out for six months. CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein reported Stapleton’s injury on Twitter.
A transfer from Louisiana Tech, Stapleton’s injury is not an absolutely devastating loss for the Bulldogs since he was set to sit out the 2015-16 season to begin with, per NCAA transfer rules.
But Stapleton is an explosive wing at 6-foot-6, 190 pounds and averaged 6.7 points per game last season while shooting 41 percent from the field. ACL injuries are no joke and though Stapleton will have plenty of time to recover from his surgery and won’t need to potentially rush his rehab in hopes of joining the Bulldogs for a stretch run, the possibility of his potentially losing any bounce in his step is one that cannot be ignored. Just the same, ACL surgery is fairly routine and barring any setbacks, he should be a full go for the 2016-17 season.
Campus Sports will update Stapleton’s rehab process as any new information becomes available.
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