Michigan State has announced that graduate transfer power forward Ben Carter would be sidelined for an extended period of time as a result of a knee injury suffered over the weekend. The injury requires surgery and the school has not yet announced a firm timetable for Carter’s return.
Carter’s 2015-2016 season at UNLV ended with a knee injury as well.
Prior to the injury, he played in 22 outings for the Rebels, averaging 8.6 points and six rebounds per game. His most recent knee injury occurred when the power forward landed awkwardly after contesting a shot.
Michigan State is Carter’s third NCAA program. He started his collegiate career at the University of Oregon, where he played for two seasons before transferring to UNLV. He played his senior season for the Rebels in 2015-2016 after sitting out his junior season in accordance with transfer rules.
“I feel awful for Ben,” head coach Tom Izzo said via Michigan State’s Monday release. “He had worked extremely hard on his rehab and to suffer another knee injury on a fluke play is incredibly cruel.”
Carter is one of six forwards on the Spartans’ roster entering the 2016-2017 season.
The Spartans earned a No. 2 seed in the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament after a 29-6 season. The school then suffered an upset loss in the Round of 64 to No. 15 seeded Middle Tennessee. Under Izzo, the Spartans have had tremendous success, especially in the NCAA Tournament. Michigan State has made 19 consecutive tournament appearances, including one championship run in 2000 and seven trips to the Final Four.
Izzo has a career record of 524-205 at Michigan State and has the most wins in school history.