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Men’s basketball freshman Umoja Gibson out for season after ankle injury

Men’s basketball freshman Umoja Gibson out for season after ankle injury

November 15
19:13 2017

After suffering an ankle injury in Monday night’s game against Nebraska, freshman guard Umoja Gibson is out for the season, men’s basketball coach Grant McCasland confirmed Wednesday night.

Gibson went down late in the first half when Nebraska center Jordy Tshimanga came down on top of him while fighting for a rebound. Gibson was helped off the court and could not put any weight on the ankle.

“Mo had a significant ankle injury,” McCasland said. “It’s going to require surgery, and he’ll miss the season.”

The team will begin the process of applying for a medical redshirt on his behalf in the near future.

Gibson averaged 10.5 points and four rebounds in two games, seeing 40 minutes of action before going down with the injury. He was a key part of the starting lineup as a freshman, joining Roosevelt Smart and Ryan Woolridge in the backcourt.

McCasland pointed to newcomer Jorden Duffy as a player who will have to step up in Gibson’s absence. Duffy is averaging seven points per game so far this year.

“It’ll be a team effort honestly,” McCasland said. “Getting Jorden Duffy back from his foot surgery will be a big plus. The more minutes he can play will help in that [role].”

After playing four seasons at University High School in Waco, Gibson was ranked as the No. 27 player in Texas according to TexasHoops.com. He averaged more than 22 points and 11 assists as a senior last year.

The Mean Green are 1-1 on the season and are set to host Bethune-Cookman University at 7 p.m. Thursday night at the Super Pit.

“We’re just sorry that one of our brothers went down [against Nebraska],” Smart said. “We’re just trying to keep him in our prayers and get wins for him.”

Featured Image: Freshman Umoja Gibson is out for the season after suffering an ankle injury against Nebraska Monday night. Colin Mitchell

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Matthew Brune

Matthew Brune

Matthew Brune is the Senior Sports Writer for the North Texas Daily, covering football and men's basketball.

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