No. 23 Providence loses star Hopkins to torn ACL
Jeff Borzello, ESPN Staff WriterJan 4, 2024, 11:50 AM ET
- Basketball recruiting insider.
- Signed up with ESPN in 2014.
- Graduate of University of Delaware.Providence star forward Bryce Hopkins will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee, the school revealed Thursday.Hopkins suffered the injury early in the second half of Wednesday night’s 61-57 loss to Seton Hall. He landed awkwardly following a shift pass to Devin Carter and right away grabbed his leg, plainly in discomfort. Hopkins required to be helped off the flooring and into the locker room. “All of us feel for Bryce and his household in this challenging time,” Providence coach Kim English stated in a statement.”We will be with him throughout this process to help him come back stronger than ever. We ask that all of Friartown keeps Bryce and his family in your ideas and prayers.”Hopkins, a 6-foot-7 junior, has actually been No. 23 Providence’s best player since transferring to the Friars from Kentucky in the spring of
2022. He averaged 15.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last season, earning first-team All-Big East accolades and leading Providence to the NCAA tournament.This season, Hopkins was averaging 15.5 points and 8.6 rebounds per game as the Friars were off to an unexpected start under first-year coach English. They were 11-2 before Wednesday
‘s game, with wins over Marquette and Wisconsin.Without Hopkins, Providence will have to rely more greatly on guards Corey Floyd and Garwey Dual, while freshman Rich Barron could also see a boost in minutes.The Friars travel to Creighton on Saturday.