Coach Dave Rose announced during his weekly coach’s show with Greg Wrubell that senior forward Kyle Davis’ season will be ending prematurely due to a knee injury requiring surgery.
Coach Rose told us on tonight's #RoseShow that senior captain Kyle Davis is headed for knee surgery; his season and BYU career will be over.— Greg Wrubell (@gregwrubell) December 28, 2016
Davis initially injured his knee prior to the Utah State game, but returned to play against USC. He tried playing through the injury, but realized in the opening minutes of the Illinois game that he would no longer be able to play.
This is a big loss for the Cougars. He had a team high 22 points in the win against Saint Louis, and through the first ten games of the season, he was 2nd on the team in field goal percentage (61%), 2nd in efficiency, and 3rd in rebounds per minute (among players with more than 60 minutes played). In addition to his on court production, he was one of the team captains.
Davis could be eligible to receive a medical redshirt if BYU plays 3 additional games in WCC tourney & postseason action, but all signs point to his career at BYU being over.
The loss of Davis on the court has been mitigated by the emergence of Yoeli Childs and the return of Corbin Kaufusi (who returned to practice this week). Ideally, Davis will continue to provide the veteran leadership the team needs from the bench. Here’s to a speedy recovery.