West Virginia freshman G Brandon Knapper to miss entire season, others injured

Several West Virginia basketball players are battling injuries ahead of the season — some more serious than others — head coach Bob Huggins told reporters on Thursday.

According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail’s Mitch Vingle, Huggins confirmed that freshman guard Brandon Knapper will miss the entire 2017-18 season after undergoing surgery for a meniscus tear in his right knee during the offseason.

Knapper isn’t the only Mountaineer basketball player battling injuries. Huggins additionally announced that sophomore point guard James “Beetle” Bolden suffered an ankle sprain, while senior guard Dax Miles Jr. is recovering from taking a knee to one of his thighs.

The loss of Knapper is a disappointment to the Mountaineers after high hopes for the freshman this season. Knapper was recruited by West Virginia as a 3-star recruit and the No. 40 point guard in the nation among his class, per the 247Sports composite rankings. He committed to West Virginia as high school sophomore in September 2014, according to 247Sports.

Huggins did not say if Bolden or Miles will miss any action in the regular season due to their minor injuries.

The Mountaineers begin the regular season with a home game against Texas A&M on Nov. 10. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET.

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