ACL injury sidelines USF's Troy Holston Jr.
USF rising sophomore SG Troy Holston Jr., arguably the Bulls' top offensive player down the stretch last season, could be sidelined several months after sustaining a torn left ACL during a workout last week.
Russ Wood of Rivals first reported the injury Friday, and the school confirmed it Saturday morning. Holston's setback is the latest in a string of them to besiege the program at the outset of the Antigua era.
An Oldsmar Christian alumnus, Holston was hampered for weeks by an ankle injury sustained last November at N.C. State, and PF Chris Perry missed the final 13 games due to an unspecified health issue. Senior G Corey Allen Jr. was suspended in late February by the NCAA for receiving impermissible benefits at a previous school.
The latest blow for Holston is particularly devastating considering his late-season surge following his recovery from his ankle problems. Though he struggled from long range most of the season (39-for-126), Holston still averaged 7.9 points, fourth-most on the team.
Eight of his 10 double-figure scoring efforts occurred over his last nine games, and he averaged 17.5 over his final six. Five days after his first collegiate double-double (19 points, 10 rebounds) in a 74-45 home romp of UCF in early March, he was named American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week.