The University of Alabama released a statement to the media just before noon on Wednesday addressing the status of center Carl Engstrom’s knee, and the worst that had been feared was in fact true. The 7-foot-1 Swedish center has a torn ACL and MCL and will be out for the rest of the season.
Engstrom had shown some strides in his basketball skills in his junior season, scoring 3.3 points per game in the young 2012-2013 season. Engstrom played in all but one of the eight games he was available for and averaged 12 minutes per game. Engstrom also tallied 19 rebounds, seven blocks and three assists in his seven games.
Engstrom’s departure leaves the Tide with a large void in the frontcourt. Alabama will now have only three scholarships players listed at 6-foot-9 or taller. Moussa Gueye and Nick Jacobs, two of the three, have extensive front court experience for the Tide. Devonta Pollard, however, is a true freshman that only weighs 200 pounds compared to 265 for Jacobs and 255 for Gueye.
Accompanying the announcement was the following tweet from the official Alabama basketball account.
Wishing a full & speedy recovery to the Big Swede, @c4engstrom! Hate to lose him, but we know he’ll bounce back. Extremely hard worker.
— Alabama Basketball (@AlabamaHoops) December 12, 2012