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Minnesota forward Eric Curry will miss the season with a knee injury


MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 16: during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 16, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Jonathan Daniel

Minnesota will be without sophomore forward Eric Curry this season as the school announced a season-ending knee injury. The 6-foot-9 Curry suffered a torn ACL, MCL and meniscus tear and will have surgery.

“Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game, and we are certainly disheartened by the news,” Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino said in a release. “Eric had a tremendous summer, but I am positive he will continue to get better as he recovers from this setback.”

Curry was a key reserve during his freshman season with the Golden Gophers last season as he averaged 5.5 points and 5.2 rebounds in 20.0 minutes per contest. Playing some of his best basketball against NCAA tournament teams like Purdue and Michigan during Big Ten play, Curry will be missed in Minnesota’s rotation as they try to compete for a conference title after last season’s surprising tournament bid.

Minnesota still returns all of last season’s key pieces outside of Akeem Springs, as they are currently ranked No. 13 in the preseason top 25, but Curry had the potential to be an impact player during his sophomore season.