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West Virginia guard Brandon Knapper out indefinitely following knee surgery

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MORGANTOWN, WV - JANUARY 24: Head coach Bob Huggins of the West Virginia Mountaineers reacts to a call in the second half during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks at WVU Coliseum on January 24, 2017 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

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West Virginia will be without freshman guard Brandon Knapper for the start of the season after he underwent knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

According to a release from the school, the 6-foot-0 guard had surgery on his right knee on Friday.

“Brandon has been looking forward to putting on a WVU uniform for years now,” West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins said in the release. “We have all the confidence in Brandon that he will work diligently to get back on the court as soon as possible.”

Regarded as a three-star prospect coming out of high school, Knapper spent last season at Hargrave Military Academy as he was expected to be a backup to veterans like Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr. this season. Committed to the Mountaineers since September of 2014, Knapper is one of five freshmen joining the West Virginia roster this season.

West Virginia currently sits at No. 11 in the CBT preseason top 25 as they’re expected to be a major competitor in the Big 12 title race this season.