“Unfortunately, Mitchell Smith will be out for the remainder of the season due to a significant ACL injury in his left knee,” Missouri coach Kim Anderson said in a statement. “He will have surgery soon and begin the rehabilitation process with our medical and training staff.
“Mitchell has been an absolutely outstanding representative of the Mizzou Basketball program this season. He has always brought a tireless work ethic and incredible willingness to learn on a daily basis, and we have no doubt that will continue as he works to recover from this setback. We will support Mitchell the whole way, and I hope all Mizzou fans do the same for a really special member of our Mizzou family.”
A 6-foot-10, 210-pound forward from Arkansas, Smith averaged 2.4 points and 1.7 rebounds in 7.5 minutes per game over the first 11 contests. He had seven points and five rebounds, both season highs, against Alabama A&M.
“It’s definitely hard to hear that your season will be cut short, but the support I’ve received from Coach Anderson, our trainer Pat Beckmann, the team doctors and my teammates has been really comforting,” Smith said in a statement. “All of my effort this season will now go towards cheering on my teammates and focusing on getting healthy.”
Smith’s injury — along with the recent transfer of freshman forward Willie Jackson to be closer to home — leaves Missouri (5-8 overall, 0-1 in Southeastern Conference play) with just four scholarship forwards available for the remainder of the season: senior Russell Woods, junior Jordan Barnett, sophomore Kevin Puryear and freshman Reed Nikko.
Missouri plays at Georgia at noon CT on Saturday.
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