- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi State guard Xavian Stapleton is likely out six months following a knee injury.

The school said Thursday that the 6-foot-6, 190-pound Stapleton tore his ACL and meniscus in his left knee earlier this week during a pickup game. He is expected to have surgery in early September.

Stapleton was already sitting out the upcoming season because of NCAA transfer rules. The Flora, Mississippi, native played last season at Louisiana Tech before transferring to Mississippi State earlier this summer.

Mississippi State coach Ben Howland said in a statement that his “heart goes out to Xavian and his family,” but that he’s “100 percent confident he’ll bounce back and be stronger than ever.”

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