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Akal Arop Will Miss 2020-’21 Season

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The sophomore will miss this season after undergoing knee surgery

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MAR 05 Nebraska at Michigan Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Nebraska Cornhuskers men’s basketball team announced this afternoon that sophomore forward Akol Arop will miss the 2020-2021 season after undergoing ending knee surgery.

The 6-foot-5 sophomore originally hails from Egypt, but attended Creighton Prep High School in Omaha. Arop was a three-time All-State honoree and had reportedly added 13 pounds of muscle during the offseason.

The full press release from the Nebraska Athletic Department stated:

University of Nebraska Head Coach Fred Hoiberg announced Thursday that sophomore Akol Arop will miss the entire 2020-21 season following knee surgery last week.

According to Nebraska Men’s Basketball Athletic Trainer R.J. Pietig, Arop had an arthroscopic procedure late last week to address chronic issues with his left knee. Pietig said that the surgery was a success and a full recovery will take six months.

“It is disappointing because Akol has worked hard in the gym improving his game in the offseason,” Hoiberg said. “Knowing his work ethic, he will dedicate himself to getting back to 100 percent and have a complete recovery.”

Arop played in 21 games as a true freshman for the Huskers. While he averaged just 1.0 points and 1.3 rebounds per game in 2019-20, Arop saw most of his action down the stretch, playing at least 20 minutes in each of the Huskers’ final three games. He set personal bests in minutes (23) and blocked shots (two) in the Big Ten Tournament against Indiana, while the 6-foot-5 forward snared a season-high six rebounds in 20 minutes of work at No. 25 Michigan.