Mississippi State’s Applewhite will miss season

Updated: November 6, 2012

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Freshman guard DeAndre Applewhite will have to wait a year to debut at Mississippi State after learning that he needs surgery to repair a torn ACL and meniscus in his left knee.

Applewhite was injured Friday during practice and an MRI late Monday revealed the damage. The date of the surgery has not yet been determined.

“I’m disappointed for DeAndre because he had put in a lot of hard work and dedication to become a better basketball player,” first-year Mississippi State coach Rick Ray said. “But I know the type of kid he is. He’ll work extremely hard with his rehab, and he’ll come back next year ready to go to help us become a better team.”

The 6-foot-5, 217-pound Applewhite signed with the Bulldogs following a stellar career at Central High School in Memphis.

Since July, Applewhite is the second Mississippi State freshman player to be lost for the season. In August, Jacoby Davis had surgery to repair a torn ACL as well.

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