Freshman Vitaliy Shibel to miss season with ACL injury

Coach Bobby Hurley has lost one of the five members of his highly regarded 2016 recruiting class to a season-ending injury.

An already-thin Arizona State frontcourt will be even more limited with its options this season. 

Freshman 6-foot-9 forward Vitaliy Shibel will miss the 2016-17 season due to a torn left ACL. Shibel suffered the injury earlier this summer and had surgery approximately three weeks ago. 

Shibel played last season at Lee Academy in Maine. He committed to the Sun Devils in January over Boston College, Georgia Tech and Pittsburg. 

In the summer of 2014 Shibel played for Ukraine in the U18 European Championships. Through eight games in the event, Shibel averaged 10.3 points and 5.8 rebounds, while also connecting on 7 of his 13 three-point attempts.

In addition the Shibel injury, another member of ASU's five man 2016 class is facing uncertain prospects for this season. The Sun Devils are awaiting a waiver request ruling on the academic eligibility of Scout100 recruit Romello White

Ranked No. 81 overall in the class, White signed with ASU in May out of Wheeler High in Suwannee High in Georgia.  White is already in Tempe but needs to have the waiver request granted in order to play this season.

ASU coach Bobby Hurley signed arguably the program's best recruiting haul of the last 15 years. But Shibel's injury will force him to use this season a redshirt year and White's status is still undetermined for 2016-17.

The Sun Devils don't have anything in the way of returning experience in the frontcourt following the graduation of starting center Eric Jacobsen and transfer of power forward Savon Goodman. 

Other players who can man the team's post positions are 6-foot-9 redshirt freshman Andre Adams who is in the final stages of rehabilitating his second ACL surgery, 6-foot-8 freshman power forward Ramon Vila from Spain, and 6-foot-9 center Jethro Tshisumpa, who is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

In other ASU news, senior guard Torian Graham has been added back to the ASU roster, will play this season. He was suspended last year while sitting out post-transfer from Houston. 


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