Xavier’s Edmond Sumner tears ACL

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Xavier announced on Monday afternoon that Edmond Sumner has torn the ACL in his left knee.

“I am devastated for Edmond,” Xavier head coach Chris Mack said in a statement released by the program. “Unfortunately, sometimes bad things happen to great people. Through diligent rehab, hard work and prayer I know Ed will return to the court better than ever. He’s an awesome kid, a fearless competitor and a terrific teammate. I’m going to miss coaching him the rest of the year. As far as our current team is concerned, our goals have not changed. Next man up.”

Sumner was injured on Sunday evening in a game at St. John’s. He scored on a driving layup, but when he landed on his left leg, his knee bent backwards. (You can see video of the injury here. It’s not pretty.)

Sumner, who is averaging 15.0 points and 5.0 assists on the season, is a potential first round pick. It will be interesting to see if this injury keeps him in school for another year.