A very unfortunate incident has be-felled ex-Arkansas guard Michael Qualls as he tore his Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in a pre-draft workout on Thursday. He found out Sunday that he has a torn ACL, and he will almost assuredly be out a year with this damaging injury.
This will be a significant setback for Qualls and his draft prospects. As a fringe second-round prospect, there is now a good chance that Qualls will not be drafted at all.
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“It was a freak injury,” a source told ESPN. “It didn’t look that bad.”
Qualls went up in the air to contest a shot, and appeared to land awkwardly, the source told ESPN. He flew from Phoenix to Los Angeles for a workout with the Lakers and wasn’t able to participate, and then had an MRI in Denver on Sunday which confirmed the extent of the injury.
The injury was first reported by DraftExpress.
Qualls announced he was departing Arkansas to pursue his pro career back in April. He joined his teammate Bobby Portis as early draft entrants. Qualls is coming off a season in which he averaged 15.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game while shooting .436 percent from the field.