by Chris Bahn
Posted 11/22/2011 10:59 am
Updated 2 years ago
Arkansas forward Marshawn Powell will miss the season and undergo surgery to repair torn ligaments in his knee.
Powell, who suffered the injury in the closing minutes of a practice Nov. 17 at North Little Rock's Verizon Arena, will be sidelined between six and eight months with the injury. An MRI on Sunday revealed the damage, according to the UA.
“This is a big blow to Marshawn and our basketball team,” Anderson said. “He has been working hard on and off the court this year and was in the best shape of his career. This is definitely a setback, but I told him that sometimes you have to have setbacks in order to have a great comeback. He is in good spirits and looking forward to helping his team in any way that he can.”
Powell was named a preseason All-SEC second-team member by league coaches. He played in two games this season and averaged 19.5 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 71.4 percent from the field.
Now the Razorbacks are down to nine scholarship players. Arkansas will have to rely more on freshmen Devonta Abron and Hunter Mickelson inside along with seniors Mike Sanchez and Marvell Waithe.
Arkansas faces Utah Valley State at Bud Walton Arena at 7 p.m. Tuesday.