Harris-Tunks' season ends before it begins

Sophomore Shane Harris-Tunks will miss the 2010-11 college basketball season after suffering a torn knee ligament in his left knee in practice this week, coach Tad Boyle reported Friday.

Shane Harris-Tunks, a 6-foot-11, 250-pound center was recently singled out by Boyle as a player who would be a key facet of this season's team because of the improvement he had made in the offseason.

The loss will be difficult to overcome for a team lacking depth.

"I am extremely disappointed for Shane," Boyle said in a press release from the school. "He has worked so hard putting himself in position to be a positive contributor on this team. He gained 25 pounds in the offseason and without a doubt was the team's best ball-screen defender. On the bright side, Shane has three years remaining. He will learn from the bench and continue to develop from the sideline."

The Colorado basketball team lost guard Shannon Sharpe to a season-ending injury last season. Sharpe is just now approaching full strength once again.

Harris-Tunks from Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia, averaged 11.7 minutes playing in 28 games as a freshman, but but didn't contribute a lot statistically.

Coaches expected that to change this year.

"This stuff happens, it's sports," Harris-Tunks said in the press release. "The good thing is, I have three years remaining and it's an opportunity to get better and keep moving forward."

The Buffs begin the season two weeks from today at home against Idaho State.

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