Forward Malik Cooke, the only senior on the South Carolina men’s basketball team, is out 2-3 months after dislocating his right ankle in a pickup game.
With that timeframe, the 6-foot-6 Charlotte native should be ready when practice for the begins in October. No operation is planned on the ankle that was injured on June 21, a team spokeswoman said.
Cooke, the team’s top returning scorer and rebounder on scholarship, is expected to start at one of the forward positions this season.
Cooke said he was meeting with doctors Wednesday to get more information about his treatment. He said was in a cast.
“It was pretty painful,” he said. Asked if he was frustrated, Cooke said, “Just a little, but right now I’m focusing on getting healthy.”
In his first season since transferring from Nevada, Cooke played in 30 games last season, starting 17. He was the team’s fourth-leading scorer with 9.4 points per game and second-leading rebounder with 6.4 per game.
Junior forward Lakeem Jackson is recovering from surgery on his ankle that bothered him the last half of the season. Sophomore Damontre Harris, USC’s projected starting center, had hardware removed from his knee in the offseason.