Stapleton expected to miss six months

Xavian Stapleton is expected to be out six months after injuring his left knee on Monday. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)

Xavian Stapleton is expected to be out six months after injuring his left knee on Monday. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)

Mississippi State was not expected to have Xavian Stapleton on the floor this season after transferring in from Louisiana Tech over the summer.

But the 6-foot-6, 190-pound sophomore guard will now be off the practice court as well after tearing both the ACL and meniscus in his left knee during a pickup game on Monday. Stapleton will have surgery in early September and is expected to be out of action for six months.

My heart goes out to Xavian and his family. You never want to see one of your players hurt,” MSU coach Ben Howland said. “But I’m 100 percent confident he’ll bounce back and be stronger than ever. It happened at a time that he should be ready to go when the season begins next year.”

Stapleton played in 36 games for Louisiana Tech last season averaging 6.7 points and 2.1 rebounds.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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