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Minnesota wing Davonte Fitzgerald to miss the regular season with knee injury

Texas A&M v Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - FEBRUARY 24: Davonte Fitzgerald #15 of the Texas A&M Aggies goes to the basket and is guarded by Anthlon Bell #5 of the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bud Walton Arena on February 24, 2015 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

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Minnesota lost a key rotation player this week as the school announced that forward Davonte Fitzgerald would miss the season with a torn ACL.

The 6-foot-8 Fitzgerald is a transfer from Texas A&M who was hoping to contribute for the Golden Gophers after sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer regulations. Fitzgerald injured his left knee during a noncontact drill and will require surgery.

With Fitzgerald missing the season, he’ll have not played in a game in 2 1/2 seasons if he’s healthy enough to see the floor for the 2017-18 season. As a sophomore at Texas A&M during the 2014-15 season, Fitzgerald put up 3.5 points and 1.6 rebounds per game as he saw his role diminish that helped lead to his transfer.