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USF Men’s Basketball F Alexis Yetna Out for Season With Knee Injury

If USF didn’t have bad luck, they’d have no luck at all.

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This sucks. USF men’s basketball redshirt sophomore forward Alexis Yetna is out for the season due to a left knee injury suffered in practice on Friday, head coach Brian Gregory announced on Monday.

From the release:

“We feel terrible for Alexis because we know how hard he’s worked and how much he was looking forward to this season,” Gregory said. “He’s undoubtedly one of the top big men in the country and his production will be difficult to replace, but we have the utmost confidence in the group we have behind him and we all know Lex will be supporting and rooting his teammates on all season from the sideline. Knowing his character like we do, Alexis will come back stronger from this setback.”

Yetna was supposed to be a key cog in the 2019-2020 season for the Bulls after averaging nearly a double-double last season. He led the AAC in rebounds (9.6) and double-doubles (15). For his efforts, he was named the 2019 AAC Freshman of the Year, and was tabbed as a preseason all-AAC second team member this season.

The Bulls went 2-0 without Yetna last season after he suffered a hamstring injury versus Memphis.

Gregory wouldn’t get into specifics of the injury and wouldn’t confirm that it was an ACL tear, but did say Yetna heard a pop.

USF opens the season tomorrow versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 8 p.m.

Get better soon Lex.