Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

November 4, 2011

Tech’s Thompson to miss another hoops season

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — JT Thompson, who was expected to start at power forward for Virginia Tech, will instead miss his second season in a row with a torn ACL — this time in his right knee.

Thompson suffered the injury in practice on Wednesday, coach Seth Greenberg said Thursday. The 6-foot-6 Thompson sustained the same injury to his left knee before last season.

“My heart goes out to JT,” Greenberg said in a statement. “He has been a model student-athlete, despite all the obstacles that he has faced. He was back to playing at or above the level we had expected of him following last season’s surgery.”

Thompson will have surgery in the coming days.

The Monroe, N.C., native averaged 7.3 points and 4.6 rebounds off the bench in the 2009-10 season. He was among the top reserves in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and among the Hokies best defenders.

The Hokies were counting on him to fill a rebounding and scoring void this season as he moved into the starting lineup after the graduation of Jeff Allen following last season.

Thompson’s injury last season was one of four among prominent players for the Hokies, who also lost guard Dorenzo Hudson and forwards Allan Chaney and Cadarian Raines to injuries.

Hudson and Raines are back this season, while Chaney, a transfer from Florida, was not cleared to play and had to give up basketball because of a heart condition.

“Our main focus right now is his health and preparing him for his graduation this December,” Greenberg said, adding that it is too early to talk about petitioning for a sixth season of eligibility.

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