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USC’s Bennie Boatwright to miss four-to-eight weeks

09 March 2016: USC (25) Bennie Boatwright celebrates after a time out call during the men's Pac-12 Basketball Tournament game between the UCLA Bruins and the USC Trojans at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire)
Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire

USC Trojans big man Bennie Boatwright has been diagnosed with a grade 2 MCL sprain, a source told FanRag Sports. He is expected to miss four-to-eight weeks.

The school has confirmed the situation in a tweet.

A sophomore forward, Boatwright left Wednesday night’s 76-55 victory over the San Diego Toreros with a left knee injury that resulted in needing help being carried to the locker room. He’d grab just a single rebound before departing the game.

There is no tear and the injury was diagnosed as a grade two sprain. The 6-10 forward was averaging 10.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game this season before getting hit with the injury.

As a freshman last season, he averaged 11.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He was named honorable mention to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team, and started 32 of USC’s 34 games.

Prior to coming to the university’s basketball program, Boatwright was the CIF Southern Section Division 1AA Player of the Year, as he averaged 27.8 points and 13 rebounds for Village Christian in Sun Valley in high school. This would help in leading to him becoming a highly regarded four-star prospect in the 2015 recruiting class.

USC is currently 7-0 on the season. Their next game is against BYU on Dec. 3.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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