Anfernee McLemore Out for the Season … Pearl says Tigers Will Find a Way
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Saturday was not a good night for the Auburn men’s basketball team. With guard Bryce Brown nursing a shoulder injury and hampered by a severe bruised foot, the team’s leading scorer was only able to muster 10 points in limited action against South Carolina. The result was an 84–75 Auburn loss on the road in Columbia. But could the news get any worse for the Tigers?
The answer is yes because Auburn is down to eight scholarship players after the forward Anfernee McLemore suffered a nasty dislocated ankle near the end of the first half and had to be carried off the court on a stretcher.
It is a season ending injury for McLemore, who is scheduled to have surgery on Sunday. He entered the game averaging 7.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, and a league leading 71 blocks on the year. His loss in the lineup could be hard to overcome.
Many Auburn fans reached out to the sophomore via twitter after his horrific injury. Anfernee responded to the outpouring of well wishes from the fan base with a tweet of his own:
Thank you Auburn Family for all the love and support! Doctors said I dislocated my ankle, fractured my tibia, and will need surgery for some torn ligaments. Not to worry. I’ll be back in 4–6 months. War Eagle, everybody.
Coach Pearl said, “”Anfernee is a huge part of this team. He’s a 6-foot-7, shot-blocking, 3-point-shooting warrior. Our hearts and our prayers and our thoughts are with Anfernee. For us, it’s been next man up. Now, we’re down to eight scholarship guys. [But] we will find a way.”