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Valparaiso's Lexus Williams tears ACL

The sophomore point guard suffered a torn ACL during an open gym practice in August.

Ben Woloszyn-USA TODAY Sports

While the Horizon League announced their conference games Tuesday, Valparaiso saved some bad news for Thursday.

Williams was Valparaiso's starting point guard last year and is the second highest returning scorer.  Luckily for the Crusaders they are extremely deep with young guards with Keith Carter expected to now move from shooting guard to the point. This will also open up a spot for either one of Valparaiso's freshmen Canadian recruits, Max Joseph and Tevonn Walker, or JUCO transfer Darien Walker to move to the starting line up.

Williams was named to the Horizon League All Freshman team last season after averaging 6.5 points and 2.4 assists per game. He also led all Crusaders with 35 steals in the 34 games played last season.

Coach Bryce Drew was unsure whether or not this would sideline Williams for the full season. Williams seemed confident that he might be able to make a late season return stating "I’ll work on getting back. It wouldn’t be until late January or February if it’s this season." He added "I have a new sport now. It’s working hard on getting stronger and coming back better than I was."