Florida Center John Egbunu Out For Season With Torn ACL

    Florida center John Egbunu will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL in the Gators win against Auburn on Tuesday.

    February 15, 2017

    Florida center John Egbunu will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL in the Gators win against Auburn on Tuesday.


    The Florida Gators are one of the hottest teams in college basketball, but they will now have to play without center John Egbunu for the rest of the season.

    Egbunu suffered a torn ACL on Tuesday night in the Gators 114-95 win over Auburn, going down below the basket during the first half.

    “We’re all disappointed for John,” Gators coach Mike White said in a statement. “He’s been playing really well of late, so it’s a tough blow to him and our team. He’s a great young man, and unfortunately injuries are a part of basketball. He’ll be back even stronger.”

    Egbunu was averaging 7.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game this season, starting 19 games on a Florida team that has won seven games in a row. He had a good start against the Tigers, scoring 10 points and recording four rebounds in the eight minutes prior to the injury. The recovery time for Egbunu is expected to be between 10-12 months.

    Florida (21-5, 11-2 SEC) is tied with Kentucky atop the conference standings, and will rely on sophomore Kevarrius Hayes, who leads the Gators in blocked shots with 41, to control the center of the paint as they try to position themselves for a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.

    MORE: College Basketball Power Rankings – Week 15

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