NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Christian Mekowulu (Lagos, Nigeria), a sophomore on the Tennessee State men’s basketball team, will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn ACL suffered in practice.
“He’s such a great kid, and you don’t want bad things like this happen to good people,” TSU Head Coach Dana Ford said. “He, by far, had the best offseason of any of our players, and I know he was really looking forward to helping us this year on the court. In terms of our team, we take more of a character loss than a player loss on the court, and that’s what is sad about the situation.”
In his first season with the Tigers in 2014-15, the 6-9 forward posted 8.0 points per game and finished second on the team with 5.3 rebounds per contest. He made 21 starts and appeared in 26 of TSU’s 31 games a year ago.
“He will be able to get this year back and still be able to be a major part of our program moving forward,” Ford commented. “We are focused on getting his knee healthy and back to 100 percent, and he will hopefully come back better than ever.”
Mekowulu is expected to be ready to play during the 2016-17 season.
TSU freshman forward Samson Oyediran (London, England) will also miss the first two games of the 2015-16 season. The 6-7 post player is set to make his TSU debut on Wednesday, Nov. 18 for the Tigers’ home opener versus Fisk.