UNLV Rebels freshman center Stephen Zimmerman suffered a knee injury Saturday and could be out until the Mountain West Conference tournament.
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Zimmerman Out for 3-4 Weeks
Monday, Jan. 8
On Monday, an MRI revealed that Zimmerman suffered a left knee sprain, and he will be out for three to four weeks, according to Adam Zagoria of SNY.
The Las Vegas native could be out of action until the Mountain West Conference tournament, which begins March 7.
Zimmerman suffered the knee injury midway through the first half of Saturday's 111-104 double-overtime loss to the Fresno State Bulldogs. He left the game at the eight-minute, 37-second mark after getting tangled up with Bulldogs forward Terrell Carter II.
“This is another tough injury for our team right now,” head coach Todd Simon said in a statement, per Taylor Bern of the Las Vegas Sun. “We feel terrible for Stephen and know he will work extremely hard to get back on the floor.”
Zimmerman's injury is the latest bit of bad news to hit the Rebels in the last week-and-a-half. UNLV forward Ben Carter suffered a torn left ACL during the team's game against the San Diego State Aztecs on Jan. 30, per Mark Anderson of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and the university announced the team had dismissed reserve point guard Daquan Cook on Feb. 5, per Ray Brewer of the Las Vegas Sun.
Former UNLV head coach Dave Rice, who resigned Jan. 10, sent out a tweet in support of Zimmerman:
Dave Rice @CoachDaveRice
Thinking about you @BIGG_ZIMM tonight with the injury news. Lots of confidence in you. #VegasGrit https://t.co/MDECIVuXZP2016-2-9 04:26:04
With Zimmerman out of action, UNLV loses its third-leading scorer (10.6 points per game) and its leading rebounder (9.0 per contest). The Rebels may have to resort to a lot of small-ball lineups with 6'8" sophomore Dwayne Morgan playing center.
The Rebels would've had a security blanket in Goodluck Okonoboh, but he decided to transfer in November, according to Bern. He could have been of huge value to a UNLV team that may be down to six available scholarship players Wednesday against the San Jose State Spartans, per Kevin Bolinger of Fox 5 in Las Vegas.