The WKU men's basketball team will be without one of their top reserves this season. Sophomore Nigel Snipes suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Monday, and will miss the entire 2012-13 season. A statement issued by WKU Athletics says a full recovery is expected in time for the 2013-14 season.
Snipes is a 6-6 forward from Marietta, Georgia who played in 32 games as a freshman last season, averaging nearly four points and two rebounds a game. He led the team in free throw percentage, at 83.9%.
Snipes had several breakout games during WKU's postseason run last March, and was expected to be a key contributor during the upcoming season.
Snipes won’t have to look far for advice on how to rehabilitate his torn knee ligament. WKU sophomore guard Kevin Kaspar suffered a torn ACL during a game in late January. The native of Turkey is expected to have completed a full recovery by WKU’s season-opener in late October. At least three WKU football players are back this season following ACL injuries. WKU Public Radio recently profiled one of them, senior wide receiver Marcus Vasquez, in a story that aired last week.