What it means: McCoy out for season

Who can step up and fill the shoes of injured Paul McCoy? Hoops Editor Kyle Phillippi examines. If you don't have a premium membership, you are missing out!

McCoy Out For Season Sophomore guard Paul McCoy has torn his ACL, and will miss the rest of the 2010 season. McCoy suffered the injury in SMU's losing effort against Southern Miss. The Mustangs suffered their first loss in their past four games, and will now have to fill McCoy's place on the depth chart.

After his stellar freshman campaign, McCoy has cooled off in the 2009-10 season. He posted 13.4 points per game in his freshman year, while shooting .454% from the field. His points per game have dropped down to 7.4 in 2009, while only shooting .360%. The Mustangs were expecting big things from McCoy this season following his emergence in 2008, but his slow start will ultimately be the fate of his 2009 season with his ACL injury costing him the rest of his sophomore year.

Mike Walker and Ryan Barbre will have the chance to improve upon their minutes with McCoy's injury. Both Walker and Barbre average under four points per game, but have seen limited action up to this point. Walker, standing at 6'1", will be counted on to fill in for McCoy, while Barbre could see a slight increase in his time on the court. In 12.1 minutes per game in 2009, Walker is averaging 3.4 points per game, while Barbre is averaging 2.5 points per contest. In his freshman season, Walker played 24 minutes a night, but has since seen his time decrease. McCoy's absence will give Walker a shot to prove his worth to the SMU coaching staff.

SMU is set to take on Tulane on Saturday minus McCoy, and will attempt to get back on the winning side of things.


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