MINNEAPOLIS - The hits keep coming for Richard Pitino's University of Minnesota (U of M) Basketball Gophers.
During practice Thursday redshirt juinor forward Davonte Fitzgerald tore the anterior cruciate ligament plus medial and lateral meniscus in a non-contact drill. The injury will keep the Texas A&M transfer out for the entire 2016-2017 season.
"We are disappointed in the recent injury news as it pertains to Davonte," Pitino said in a released statement. "He had worked extremely hard to get himself ready for this season. We are confident he will be back and ready to go next season."
Fitzgerald, a 6 foot 8, 220 pound forward from Atlanta, joined the Gophers in 2015 and sat out last season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.
The Gophers had a disappointing season last year both on-court and off. They finished with an 8-23 record, including 2-16 in the Big Ten, finishing in 13th place. Student athletes were also in the headlines at different times for an alleged domestic assault and a high profile case involving a sex video posted on social media.