Delvon Roe from Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward, who is committed to Michigan State next year, will be sidelined with a right knee injury that might jeopardize his senior season, according to Roe and MSU coach Tom Izzo.
Roe injured the knee during his first game of the season last week (12/6) against Campbell Hall of Hollywood, Calif. The game was nationally televised by ESPN2 and Izzo was in attendance as well, but according to the MSU coach, Roe didn't look himself in the game.
"I came back after the game and I thought he wasn't moving quite like usual, but what I didn't realize was that it was in the middle of the first quarter that he hurt that thing and he played with it that whole time," said Izzo.
"It looks like a definite slight meniscus tear which would be critical and if there is a bone chip in there that's where it gets a little dicey as far as time. But he (Roe) has made a decision early, they said he could play on it but it would probably damage it and definitely wouldn't heal, so I think he has made a decision that he's going to get surgery."
Roe finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and five blocked shots, but news of his knee injury did not surface until the weekend, with talk of the 6-foot-8 power forward possibly missing his entire senior season.
"It looks like he's definitely out for 5-6 weeks and depending on what they do when they go in, depending on what they find, it could be as much as 5 months or so," said Izzo. "But the good news is it's nothing career ending or career threatening, it's just disappointing for him because he's worked so hard this summer, he knew it was really important for him to have a big year and I feel sorry for his coach and everybody else."
"He was devastated early but he was a little better last night," Izzo added.
According to Izzo, Roe's knee injury was a re-aggravation of a minor injury he suffered a few weeks ago in practice, but something that Roe had recovered from.
"He did a lot of good things in there, I thought he was having a little trouble with his knee, he was limping in the third quarter but it was a re-injury from a week or two before when he hurt it," said Izzo.
"His surgery should be I would think in the next 4-5 days. It's really a shame, this summer meant a lot to him he felt like they didn't win it last year and I just feel for the kid because I know how hard he has worked, he was living in the gym, but these are things that happen and he's going to have to overcome it and he will."
Stay tuned to GSN in the next few days as we will have an exclusive interview with Delvon Roe, talking about his injury and where he goes next.
Delvon Roe Injures Knee in Season-Opener
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