Hartford confirmed the worst for John Carroll on Saturday, ruling the sophomore out for the season after he suffered what appeared to be a right knee injury on Tuesday.
The 6’8″ forward registered his first career double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, before exiting late in the second half with an apparent injury under the Hawks’ basket. Hartford went on to beat Niagara 77-73, but head coach John Gallagher said after the win that the Ireland native would get an MRI.
Carroll can apply for a medical redshirt to regain his sophomore season of eligibility, having played in only five games this season. He averaged 11.2 ppg and 5.6 rpg having started every game he played in this season. Freshman George Blagojevic, who hails from Australia, started in Carroll’s absence and totaled a team-high 17 points in their 81-60 loss to North Florida.
“I’m looking at our roster and figuring out how we can do it and that’s what we’re trying to figure out right now,” Gallagher said after their loss Friday to the Ospreys. “This is the most talent we’ve had and we can’t shy away from it. We can’t be putting our head in the sand and crying about it. We got some talent here.”
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