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Hokies sixth man JT Thompson tears ACL, will miss season


Virginia Tech forward JT Thompson tore his ACL in a pickup game on Monday and will miss the upcoming men's basketball season. Thompson averaged 7.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game as the Hokies' sixth man last season.

Mark Giannotto will have more on this later. But for now, here's the release sent out by the Virginia Tech sports information department:

"Virginia Tech forward JT Thompson has suffered a grade-3 tear in the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee and will undergo season-ending surgery Tuesday morning. The surgery will be performed by Virginia Tech team orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Marc Siegel at Montgomery Regional Hospital. Thompson suffered the injury on Monday afternoon playing in a pick-up game.

“I am extremely disappointed for JT, suffering an ACL injury that will result in a season-ending surgery,” head coach Seth Greenberg said. “JT is a huge part of what we have been able to accomplish over the last three years. His work ethic, energy, toughness and skill level will most definitely be missed. At this time, we need to be there for JT. I am sure that players already in the program will step up when given the opportunity. We expect JT to have a full recovery and know that he will still find a way to contribute this season and be a leader next year.”

Thompson, a senior from Monroe, N.C., appeared in all 34 games for the Hokies last season, starting three times. One of the top “sixth men” in the ACC, he was fourth on the team in scoring, at 7.3 points per game and third on the team in rebounding, at 4.6 rebounds per game. He recorded double figures in scoring nine times as a junior, including a season-high 17 points in the overtime win at Virginia."

By Matt Bonesteel  |  September 16, 2010; 2:31 PM ET
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