Murray State's Zay Jackson has torn ACL, will miss season

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MURRAY, KY-- Basketball practice just started for Murray State four days ago, and the injury bug has already hit them hard. The Racers announced on Monday that sophomore point guard Zay Jackson has torn his ACL and LCL in his right knee, forcing him to miss the entire upcoming season.

Head coach Steve Prohm says Jackson injured his knee during the end of practice on Saturday, when he landed awkwardly after a dunk.

Jackson will likely have surgery on the torn ligaments in a couple weeks, after the swelling in his leg goes down. Prohm says when Jackson has surgery, he can then begin rehabbing the knee a month or so after that.

Freshman guard Cameron Payne will start at point guard in Jackson's place. Prohm admits losing Jackson is a big hit, but he will still play a large role on the team.

"He was our best offensive and defensive player," said Prohm. "But what he can do is he can help the younger guys, he can teach the younger guys. He can be kind of like an assistant coach, he's got a great IQ , and great feel for the game. Big things are in store for him, he'll do a great job helping build these guys up, he'll travel with us, he'll be apart of our team one-hundred percent."

Prohm says the team will try to get a medical redshirt for Jackson so he doesn't lose a year of eligibility. The Racers will open the season with an exhibition game at home against Freed-Hardeman on November 2nd.

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