The Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team has already been dealt a blow ahead of the 2016-17 season, with forward Gavin Schilling suffering a knee injury during practice Friday.
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Schilling Undergoes Surgery
Wednesday, Oct. 19
The team's official Twitter account announced the news Wednesday, noting Schilling suffered a non-contact injury that will require surgery. The team has not provided a timetable for his return.
Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo addressed Schilling's injury in the tweet: "This is certainly an unfortunate setback for Gavin, as he had been practicing very well. He had an incredible summer and was in excellent shape as he was ready to make his senior season his best one yet."
Schilling spent most of last season playing through injuries. He did appear in 24 games for the Spartans but averaged just 3.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per game as he battled turf toe early in the year.
Michigan State dealt with its share of injuries last season. Denzel Valentine missed four games, for example, though the Spartans still managed to go 29-6 and earn a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament before being upset by Middle Tennessee.
Schilling is entering his senior season for the Spartans. He's a key piece for Izzo's defense and showed promise on the offensive end two years ago with 5.1 points per game as a sophomore.
Losing Schilling does force Izzo to juggle his rotation in the paint, though one advantage to having it happen now is it allows him to prepare his players for additional game time.