Michigan State suffered some potential troubling news today when they announced that Gavin Schilling had suffered a right knee injury that will require surgery.
Gavin Schilling has suffered a right knee injury which will require surgery. A timetable for his return is yet to be determined. pic.twitter.com/7UgoYTnpjf— Spartan Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) October 19, 2016
Non-contact knee injury and surgery are two things that never go good together, even more so as Schilling’s timetable to return isn’t known either.
The Spartans already had a notable lack of size heading into the season, with only two players measuring in at 6’9”. One of those players is Schilling, the other is Ben Carter, who also suffered a knee injury that will require surgery and sideline him indefinitely. That leaves freshmen Nick Ward and Miles Bridges as the two tallest healthy players on the roster, coming in at 6’8” and 6’7” respectively.
As a junior Schilling averaged 3.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in a backup role. While he only saw about 12.5 minutes per game, his playing time was set to increase this year as the Spartans have a serious need for size this winter.
“This is certainly an unfortunate setback for Gavin. He had an incredible summer and was in excellent shape as he was ready to make his senior season the best one yet,” said head coach Tom Izzo.
With Schilling and Carter now out indefinitely, Deyonta Davis off to the NBA and losing Marvin Clark and Javon Bess to transfers, Izzo will have his hands full when it comes to figuring out who to start in the frontcourt.