Murray State announced on Monday that sophomore point guard Zay Jackson will miss this entire season after ripping up his right ACL and his LCL in practice over the weekend.
Jackson is infamous for having run over two people with his car in a Walmart parking lot during the summer of 2012. Jackson was suspended all of last season because of the legal matter and served nearly two months in jail for the act. In May, Racers coach Steve Prohm welcomed Jackson back to the team.
Channel 6 WPSD in Paducah, Ky., said surgery will be soon, but not immediate.
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."
The Racers will be dropped down a few pegs this year, having lost four starters from last year's team, most notably NBA draft pick Isaiah Canaan. With Jackson out, the Racers are even more hampered. They'll start their season Nov. 8 at Valparaiso.