Murray, KY, United States (4E Sports) – Murray State Racers point guard Zay Jackson is out for the year after tearing both his ACL and LCL when he came down awkwardly on a dunk during practice Saturday.
Jackson will likely have surgery in a couple of weeks after the swelling in his leg goes down.
Murray State coach Steve Prohm said that a month or so after surgery, Jackson can begin rehabbing the knee. Freshman guard Cameron Payne will start at point guard in Jackson’s place.
Jackson was expected to be the Racers top player this season after sitting out last season and spending 49 days in jail after hitting a man with his car.
Prohm admits Jackson will be such a big loss, being the team’s best offensive and defensive player.
But according to Prohm, Jackson can still help as a kind of an assistant coach because of his great IQ, and great feel for the game.
“He had a tremendous summer and fall for us — both on and off the court. He’s been through a lot lately,” added Prohm of Jackson, whose father died a couple weeks ago. ” I worry about him more mentally than I do physically.”
The Racers now have lost four starters from last year’s team, most notably NBA draft pick Isaiah Canaan.