Gonzaga’s top freshman will be out for the 2016 season after suffering a knee injury in practice this week. The injury will surely impact the Bulldogs’ prized 2016 recruiting class that is now without one of the key pieces for head coach Mark Few.
Center Jacob Larsen suffered a season-ending injury this week as Few made the announcement that one of his top freshman recruits will not be available for his first season after a difficult injury scenario. Specifically, it is a knee injury for Larsen that will keep the talented center from Denmark out for an extended period of time with what appears to be a long recovery process.
Larsen was recruited by Few to be the next talented international post player in line for the Bulldogs with Domantas Sabonis now in the NBA. However, now the heralded big man will be forced to endure a medical redshirt in his first year of eligibility. This is a loss for the Bulldogs that will put the pressure on the rest of the post options for Few as Larsen was expected to play a big role in his freshman season.
Few recruited Larsen as one of four prized recruits in a class that had a handful of four-star recruits, but the loss of the Danish center will be a big factor this season as he was supposed to be the replacement for Sabonis. Nonetheless, Gonzaga typically finds themselves among the top teams in the country on an annual basis while it remains to be seen if Few and the Bulldogs can keep pace without the aforementioned center.