Villanova’s Sumpter to sit out rest of year
Villanova, PA (Sports Network) – Injured Villanova forward Curtis Sumpter
announced Tuesday that he will not attempt to play this season, but will
return to the team for 2006-07.
Sumpter, a second team All-Big East selection as a junior last year, has not
played at all this season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his
left knee. He is eligible for a medical redshirt which will allow him to play
a fifth season.
The 6-7 standout originally suffered the injury in Villanova’s victory over
Florida in the second round of last year’s NCAA tournament. Sumpter then hurt
the knee again during a preseason practice in October and was forced to
undergo a second surgery.
Sumpter had been cleared to resume individual basketball activities on Monday
and was a possibility to return to the fourth-ranked Wildcats for the upcoming
Big East and NCAA tournaments. Although he will practice with the team through
the rest of the season, the New York City native decided to take the redshirt
“I feel like I am getting stronger and faster each day,” said Sumpter. “But I
feel the best decision is to continue working hard and to try to help my team
in other ways over the final weeks of this season. I’m making the decision
that is best for my future. I’ve been patient this long. I will just continue
to be patient until next season.”
Sumpter averaged 15.3 points and 7.2 rebounds in 2004-05 and helped the
Wildcats to their first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance since 1998.
Villanova (22-3, 12-2 Big East) has put together a banner 2005-06 season
despite Sumpter’s absence. The Wildcats have been ranked as high as second in
the national polls and are currently tied with Connecticut for first place in
the powerful Big East.