Langston Love will miss the 2021-22 basketball season after Baylor released that the highly-touted freshman forward tore his ACL in a weekend scrimmage.
This is a significant blow to Baylor’s backcourt depth this season, as the Bears attempt to defend their national title. The Bears were No. 8 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25.
“Langston has been a great addition to our program, and we were really excited about his potential to contribute on the court this season,” Baylor head coach Scott Drew said in a released. “While we’re disappointed he won’t have that opportunity, he’s a terrific teammate who will do whatever he can to help us from the sidelines this year. Langston has a great support system, and we know he’ll work hard and come back stronger than ever.”
The released noted that Love will use his redshirt and return for the 2022-23 season as a redshirt freshman.
Baylor noted that Love had 13 points in the private scrimmage with Texas A&M on Saturday, which is when he suffered the injury.
Love, along with Kendall Brown, was a centerpiece of Drew’s 2021 recruiting class. ESPN considered Love to be a Top 30 national recruit after playing at Montverde (FL) Academy, which is the same place that former Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham played his prep ball. Between Love and Brown, along with Jeremy Sochan, the Bears had a Top 5 national class.
The Bears have returning guard Adam Flagler, along with transfer guard James Akinjo and sophomore guard L.J. Cryer. Drew noted recently that Cryer has been battling an injury but seemed optimistic that Cryer would be ready for the season opener.
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