Monday , Feb , 23 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Memphis loses starting guard

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Despite moving up to 19th in the Associated
Press rankings Monday, the Memphis Tigers received some bad news when
sophomore guard Jeremy Hunt was diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate
ligament in his left knee. The injury will sideline the Tigers’ starting guard
for the remainder of the season.

Hunt was injured in practice on Friday and missed Saturday’s win over UAB.

“It hurts our team because he was a starter,” Memphis coach John Calipari
said. “We’re trying to get better as a team, but it’s hard when you take away
a piece like a Jeremy Hunt, who is a fighter, a battler, a driver, makes plays
in traffic and is not afraid to make the big play. We just need each guy on
this team to give a little more.”

Hunt was averaging 9.6 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Tigers this season. The
injury, though, is the second major setback in as many seasons for Hunt, who
suffered a stress fracture in his left foot last season.