Providence’s Bryce Hopkins tears ACL and is out for the season

Providence star forward Bryce Hopkins will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee, the school announced Thursday.

Hopkins suffered the injury early in the second half of Wednesday night’s 61-57 loss to Seton Hall. He landed awkwardly after a transition pass to Devin Carter and immediately reached for his leg, clearly in pain. Hopkins needed help getting off the floor and into the locker room.

“We all feel for Bryce and his family at this difficult time,” Providence coach Kim English said in a statement. “We will be with him throughout this process to help him come back stronger than ever. We ask that all of Friartown keep Bryce and his family in their thoughts and prayers.”

Hopkins, a 6-foot-7 junior, has been No. 23 Providence’s best player since transferring to the Friars from Kentucky in the spring of 2022. He averaged 15.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game this season last, winning first-team All-Big honors. Praise from the East and leading Providence to the NCAA tournament.

This season, Hopkins averaged 15.5 points and 8.6 rebounds per game as the Friars got off to a surprising start under first-year coach English. They were 11-2 entering Wednesday’s game, with wins over Marquette and Wisconsin.

Without Hopkins, Providence will have to rely more on guards Corey Floyd and Garwey Dual, while freshman Rich Barron could also see an increase in minutes.

The Friars travel to Creighton on Saturday.

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