LSU guard Malik Morgan’s sophomore season is done.
The New Orleans native and John Curtis product tore his right patellar tendon in the final three minutes of LSU’s 87-80 victory over Auburn on Saturday, said Detra Morgan, who is the guard’s mother, on Sunday morning.
Last night, LSU coach Johnny Jones didn’t divulge details, but didn’t sound confident of Morgan’s return.
While Morgan is resting on campus today, he will undergo surgery at 5 p.m. Monday, and he faces a recovery period ranging between six and nine months.
“He is definitely done for the season,” Detra Morgan said.
Morgan sustained injury with 2:54 left and LSU leading Auburn 75-67 when he drove toward the rim in the open floor. Trying to elevate off the Pete Maravich Assembly Center hardwood, the tendon snapped. Once airborne, “it was like a wipeout,” Detra Morgan said.
(Note: You can see just how out badly Morgan went sailing in the photo at the top of the post.)
Morgan, who is averaging 4.4 points and 3.1 rebounds, hit the floor hard and staid down as play went the other way. After officials halted action, trainers attended to him on the floor for several minutes before he was helped toward the Tigers’ locker room.
During his prep career at Curtis, Morgan was demmed one of Louisiana’s top prospects. In 2012, he helped lead the Patriots to the program’s first-ever state title and earned Class 2A player of the year honors after posting 18.1 points, 5.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Yet this is the first major injury he’s sustained in his career. Last night trainers encased his right leg in a compression sleeve that allows cold water and ice to flow through in order to limit swelling.
“Last night was all the adrenaline flowing,” Detra Morgan said. “I don’t think he knew what to think then or what it might mean for his career.”
Detra Morgan can empathize, though. She was a standout volleyball player at LSU from 1983 until 1986, but tore her rotator cuff during her sophomore season and had to rehab. She came back to lead the Tigers in kills, hitting percentage and digs during the 1985 campaign.
The experience imparted a keen rasp of how rigorous rehabbing a major injury can be, something her son hasn’t exactly experienced. That won’t begin for another six weeks, though, the average layoff between surgery and the start of physical therapy.
“He knows what I went through in order to rehab properly,” Detra Morgan said. “He needs to hold on to that moving forward.