Wisconsin Athletic officials announced Tuesday that freshman guard Kobe King would miss the remainder of the Wisconsin men’s basketball season with a left knee injury. He will undergo surgery on Monday. Wisconsin’s starting point guard D’Mitrik Trice (sophomore) will miss at least a month of the season as well with a foot injury.
“I’m disappointed that I’m not able to finish the season with my teammates,” King said in the University’s release. “But following my surgery, I plan to attack my rehab as aggressively as possible and come back stronger than ever.”
King averaged 5.2 points and 19.0 minutes in 10 games, although he saw his playing time increase to 27.7 minutes in the last three games he played. He will be eligible for a medical hardship waiver after the season. If granted, he would return in 2018-2019 as a redshirt freshman.
The loss of King will affect the depth of the team, as will the loss of Trice indefinitely. Trice played 31.5 minutes per game and averaged 9.4 points, 23 assists and counted only 13 turnovers in 10 games. Former walk-on T.J. Schlundt and current walk-on Walt McGrory played in for King and Trice during the Badgers’ loss to Marquette on Saturday afternoon.
“You feel awful for Kobe and D’Mitrik, especially when you have one like Kobe’s that is season-ending,” UW coach Greg Gard said at the Big Ten coaches’ teleconference. “Fortunately there is a silver lining. We were right at the minimum number of games that could be played so he is eligible to apply at the end of the year for it.”
Wisconsin has gone 4-7 in their first 11 games of the season. Losing the depth and experience at guard may affect the outcome of the remainder of the season for the Badgers.