The Ole Miss basketball program was dealt a tough blow on Thursday night.
An MRI performed on Karlis Silins revealed that the promising freshman center from Latvia has a torn ACL, according to multiple reporters. He will miss the rest of the 2016-17 season as a result.
Silins, listed at 6-foot-11 and 245 pounds, averaged 14.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2 blocks per game for VEF Skola in Latvia’s LBL2 league during high school. He played limited minutes in eight games for the Rebels this season, scoring 4 points and tallying 5 rebounds.
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy and his staff felt like they had landed an overlooked prospect in Silins, said assistant Todd Abernethy.
“You get kids that are under the radar,” Abernethy told Brian Scott Rippee of The Daily Mississippian. “Coach (Kennedy) has said this: if Karlis went to high school in America, he’d be a top-100 kid, no doubt, because of his size, because of his athleticism, because of his skills and because of his IQ. So we are getting kids that are just as good.”
Karlis Silins tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the season. Look for Nate Morris' role to increase.
— Neal McCready (@NealMcCready) December 16, 2016