MSU starting center Gavin Schilling suffers knee injury, requires surgery
MSU's starting center Gavin Schilling will be out for an undetermined amount of time. Schilling suffered a non-contact right knee injury that will require surgery, MLive's Brendan Quinn reported via Twitter.
Michigan State starting center Gavin Schilling has suffered a knee injury requiring surgery and will miss an undetermined amount of time.— Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn) October 19, 2016
The 6-foot-9-inch senior regressed in playing time and points last season, recording 12.5 minutes per game, just under four minutes less than his sophomore year.
With his injury, MSU's front court will have to rely heavily on freshman Nick Ward and freshman Miles Bridges. Both of these freshmen show promise. Bridges was ranked No. 8 for best recruit on ESPN's Top 100, while Nick Ward was ranked No. 39.
The MSU big men have had a rocky start to the season, losing forward Ben Carter for an extended period of time because of a knee injury.
"This is certainly an unfortunate setback for Gavin, as he had been practicing very well," MSU head coach Tom Izzo said in a press release. "He had an incredible summer and was in excellent shape as he was ready to make his senior season his best one yet."