Northwestern State point guard Jalan West will likely miss the entire 2016-17 season with a right knee injury.
An MRI has revealed a tear in his ACL and meniscus, along with some cartilage damage that will require surgery. West missed almost all of last season after tearing the same ACL in the Demons’ season-opener against Ole Miss.
West’s injury is a serious blow to the Demons, who won just five conference games in 2015-16 and finished 12th in the Southland Conference.
West led the nation in assists in 2014-15, averaging 7.7 per game. He also averaged 20 points and 2.1 steals per game two seasons ago.
The NCAA recently granted West a sixth year of eligibility for this upcoming season.
Northwestern State coach Mike McConathy expressed his sympathy for his point guard to the Shreveport Times.
“It's really hard to put in words how disappointed you are for Jalan because it's just disheartening," McConathy said. "He's extremely disappointed. No doubt about it.”
Here’s West himself, discussing his latest setback in a video from Northwestern State.