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Michigan State’s Gavin Schilling out indefinitely after knee surgery

March 13, 2016: Michigan State Spartans forward Gavin Schilling (34) battles Purdue Boilermakers center A.J. Hammons (20) for position during the men's Big Ten Tournament Championship game between the Purdue Boilermakers and Michigan State Spartans at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)
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Michigan State Spartans’ senior forward Gavin Schilling suffered a non-contact knee injury during practice this week and will have surgery to correct the damage, putting him out for an indeterminate period of time.

The statement released by Michigan State quotes head coach Tom Izzo as saying, “This is certainly an unfortunate setback for Gavin, as he had been practicing very well. He had an incredible summer and was in excellent shape as he was ready to make his senior season his best one yet.”

Schilling has been a reserve for the Spartans the past three seasons with his best year coming as a sophomore in 2014-2015 when he averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in 16.9 minutes per contest. The 6-9, 250-pounder was born in Munich, Germany and played his senior year of high school basketball at the famed Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada.  The program has churned out eight players who have made it to the NBA since in the past half decade.

Having also considered UCLA, Villanova and Minnesota during his recruitment process, Schilling chose the Spartans and has been a vital cog off the bench for a team that has reached both a Final Four and an Elite Eight.

Coming off a shocking first-round exit as a No. 2 seed last season at the hands of the No. 15 seeded Middle Tennessee State, the Spartans are re-tooled under Izzo. They have failed to win less than 25 games only once since the 2006-2007 season, having made the NCAA Tournament every season since 1996-1997, all of which have been under Izzo.

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