Nov. 23, 2001
Clemson, SC – Clemson sophomore guard Tony Stockman, the top returning scorer from last year’s Tiger squad, will miss two-to-four weeks or action with a knee injury. The native of Medina, OH had arthroscopic surgery to repair of damaged cartilage.
Stockman suffered the injury in the first half of the LaSalle game in Paradise Jame at The Virgin Islands this past Monday. He played just 13 minutes in that contest, a 81-69 Tiger victory. He started in the championship game against Miami (FL), but was only able to play 17 minutes in Clemson’s two-point loss.
Stockman had an MRI on Friday morning and the exam revealed that he had a “Bucket Handle Tear of his medial meniscus in his right knee,” said Clemson basketball trainer “Raz” Razayeski. The surgery was performed by Clemson team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Larry Bowman at the Occonee Memorial Hospital in Seneca.
“We had a feeling after the LaSalle game that Tony would need surgery when we returned to Clemson,” said Shyatt. “Tony was playing very well. He was our top scorer in the opener, then had a lot to do with our 21-point lead in the first half against LaSalle.
“We are confident he will rehab and will be back with us as soon as possible. His absence certainly adds a challenge to our rookies. But, we expect our team to play well, as we did against Miami (FL) until he returns.”
Stockman scored 23 points in the season opener against Morris Brown. He hit a career high seven three-point goals in that game, just one off the Clemson single game record. He also had six assists and three steals. He added eight points on 3-4 shooting in the first half against LaSalle.
For the three games in The Virgin Islands, Stockman scored 11.3 points a game and shot 50 percent on three-point goals, hitting 10-20 from long range. He also had eight assists and just two turnovers.
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