Michigan State is a preseason top 10 team. A part of that is due to Ben Carter, the grad transfer from UNLV who was/is expected to play a key role in MSU's frontcourt for the season.
But that's all on hold.
Michigan State announced Monday afternoon that Carter's going to need surgery on his knee after taking an awkward landing at practice after trying to block a shot. It's the left knee -- which is the same one he tore an ACL in back in January while at UNLV.
Carter's rehab will determine if he wants to sit the entire year, then apply for an extra year of eligibility and play in 2017-18. Depending on the severity of the injury, if he's healthy enough in time to contribute later this season, and Michigan State is good to great, he could opt to burn his final year and help the team.
The injury also likely means Miles Bridges, a highly touted, five-star freshman forward, will now be used more often and spend more time playing power forward, since Carter won't be available.