Freshman center Jacob Larsen will take a redshirt and miss the 2016-2017 season after suffering a season-ending knee injury in practice this week, per Mark Few’s announcement last night.
The severity of Larsen’s injury has yet to be disclosed by the athletic department and it is unclear at the moment how much time he will need to recover. The Danish native may have already been a redshirt candidate this season due to a crowded frontcourt, but that decision was still several weeks away. With a possibly lengthy rehab ahead of him, Larsen will miss out on valuable developmental time as he transitions to NCAA basketball.
Larsen’s injury is certainly a blow for him and the team, but the Zags are much better equipped to absorb injuries this season than last. This season’s squad may be one of Mark Few’s deepest teams ever with the additions of a highly touted recruiting class and a talented group of transfers who are all eligible to play this year.
Although his debut is now delayed for a year, the 6’11” Larsen will have plenty of time to add to the lineage of highly successful European big men to have put on a Gonzaga jersey.