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Wisconsin guard Kobe King to have knee surgery, miss remainder of season

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The Badgers’ freshman was initially ruled out indefinitely on Saturday.

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A season-ending injury will derail a promising start to Kobe King’s time with the Wisconsin Badgers.

The UW Sports Medicine Staff announced that the freshman guard suffered a left knee injury and will have season-ending surgery on Monday. It is a disappointing end to King’s productive but short first year in cardinal and white, and also a significant loss for the Badgers. Along with fellow true freshmen Brad Davison and Nate Reuvers, King had worked his way into Wisconsin’s rotation.

The La Crosse, Wis., native averaged 5.2 points and 19 minutes across his first 10 games before being sidelined by the injury.

Wisconsin did note in the release that King “will be eligible to apply for a medical hardship waiver after the season,” which would allow him to have four more years of eligibility.

The Badgers are short on depth at the guard position, as sophomore D’Mitrik Trice is also set to have surgery on his foot on Monday. Both were ruled out for Saturday’s 82–63 loss at home against Marquette. Wisconsin said Trice’s “initial rehab process will begin in 2-3 weeks.”

Several Badgers rallied around their injured teammates on Twitter on Monday: