West Virginia PG James Bolden out for 2015-16

The West Virginia Mountaineers will be without a key freshman for the 2015-16 season as it has been reported that point guard James “Beetle” Bolden has torn his ACL and sprained the MCL in his right knee, effectively ending all hopes that he’ll suit up this year. Bolden’s injury was reported by Matt Norlander of CBS Sports.

A former star at Kentucky’s Holmes High School, just across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio, the 6-footer posted 10.7 points per game during West Virginia’s trip to the Bahamas this summer. A feisty slasher, he was expected to have a significant role with the Mountaineers this year.

But that is now likely on hold until the 2016-17 season, as WVU won’t rush him back from his surgery.

“Obviously, our thoughts are with Beetle as he prepares for surgery and begins the rehabilitation process,” WVU coach Bob Huggins said. “Beetle’s a great kid, and I know he will put the time in with Doc (team trainer Randy Meador) and come back stronger and hungrier than ever.”

West Virginia has gone 175-101 in eight years under Huggins and opens the 2015-16 season at home against the Horizon League’s Northern Kentucky Norse on November 13.

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