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UK Hoops’ Deasia Merrill suffers season-ending knee injury

Deasia Merrill, via Twitter

Deasia Merrill, via Twitter

The UK women’s basketball team will be without one of its most exciting newcomers for the entirerty of the upcoming season. Deasia Merrill has sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee, Coach Matthew Mitchell announced Wednesday. The knee injury is severe enough to require an entire season of rehabilitation before Merrill will be ready to rejoin the Wildcats on the basketball court.

“Deasia injured her knee on a very tough play in practice last week,” Coach Mitchell said in a statement released by UK. “She was playing very hard, preparing for a successful season. Unfortunately, the injury is season-ending, but Deasia has shown remarkable resilience since the injury.”

The 6-foot-2 forward enrolled at UK over the summer as a true freshman. She came to Kentucky as a consensus top-100 player in the country and one of the best high school players from the state of Georgia. Merrill was tabbed as a four-star recruit and the 66th best prospect in the nation by ESPN. The world wide leader also named Merrill the No. 8 forward in her class. She originally committed to Kentucky last September, picking the Cats over Duke, Pittsburgh, Miami (Florida), Ole Miss and Georgia Tech, among others.

During her senior year of high school, Merrill averaged 25.6 points, 15.4 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 5.2 steals and 4.2 blocks per game. Her physical play around the basket combined with her ability to score is already impressive; unfortunately, the Cats are going to have to look somewhere else for points this year, especially following Maci Morris’ and Taylor Murray’s graduations at the conclusion of last season.

“We are confident [Merrill] will learn many valuable and character-strengthening lessons during this part of her journey,” Mitchell’s statement continued. “Our medical team is fantastic, and her teammates and her coaches will support her fully on her road to recovery.”

Article written by Maggie Davis

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5 Comments for UK Hoops’ Deasia Merrill suffers season-ending knee injury

  1. J. Did
    7:34 pm October 9, 2019 Permalink

    Deasia Merrill: Know that you have many KENTUCKY fans praying for you and wishing that you heal well and get better soon. GO CATS!

  2. shelby3605
    8:42 pm October 9, 2019 Permalink

    Damn! Get well soon.

  3. mashburnfan1
    8:49 pm October 9, 2019 Permalink

    Deasia… BBN wishes you all the best to come back and be even better than you are today. Sorry we are going to miss seeing you out there this season but looking forward to next year and watching you grow on and off the court. Tough situation for the team and young lady, hope both come through it well.

  4. JASUN74
    10:02 pm October 9, 2019 Permalink

    So sorry to hear this. I was hoping to see her bang inside this year. She’s a really good player and I’m sure an even better young lady. Get well soon and we’re all rooting for you. You’ll be back better than ever before, I know it. Go Cats!

  5. WKY Cat
    10:09 am October 10, 2019 Permalink

    Prayers young lady.