Georgia Tech starting shooting guard Dion Glover, the team's leading returning scorer, officially learned Tuesday he will be sidelined for the season due to two torn ligaments in his left knee.
An MRI taken Tuesday revealed that the 6-foot-5 Glover suffered a torn ACL and MCL during the Yellow Jackets' first practice of the season on Saturday, the first day schools were allowed to practice per NCAA rules.
Glover was third in the nation in scoring among freshmen last season, scoring 18.4 points per game. He shot 44.2 percent but only 27.1 percent from 3-point range, was the only freshman to start all his team's games in the ACC and was the top vote-getter on the all-freshman team in the conference.
Glover was part of the gold medal-winning USA Basketball team at the Goodwill Games this summer, averaging 8.4 points per contest.
| Dion Glover, the third-leading freshman scorer in the nation last season with 18.5 points per game, tore his ACL during Georgia Tech's first practice. (AP) |
With the graduation of forward Matt Harpring and the transfer of starting point guard Travis Spivey to Iowa State, Glover was expected to handle even more of the scoring load for Georgia Tech. Harpring averaged 21.6 points last season, while Spivey contributed 5.7 points and 4.3 assists per contest.
The loss of Glover is a crippling blow for the Yellow Jackets, who have missed the NCAA Tournament the last two seasons but went 19-14 last year and reached the quarterfinals of the NIT. Georgia Tech has not missed three straight NCAA Tournaments since a 25-year drought from 1960-85.
Glover was one of two returning starters from last season. Georgia Tech also will have the services of 7-foot center Jason Collier, who will be eligible in December after sitting out a year following his transfer from Indiana.
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