Hoskins to undergo season-ending surgery

MANHATTAN, Kan. Senior forward David Hoskins will undergo meniscal transplant surgery on his left knee on Friday, Feb. 1 and will be out for the remainder of the season, according to an announcement by head coach Frank Martin on Saturday.


“This is an extremely sad day for David and for our basketball program,” said Martin.  “For him to find out on his last visit to the doctor that he is going to have to reconstructive surgery and sit out the rest of his senior season is devastating.  However, David will be in our thoughts and prayers as he goes through the surgery and the rehabilitation.  He deserved better than this, but I am confident that he will grow and become a better person from this experience.”   


Hoskins’ exact injury is a meniscal tear with chrondral damage to the left knee.  He initially suffered a meniscal tear in early August and had surgery to repair it immediately.  He had a reoccurrence of the problem in October where he again tore the meniscal tissue while also suffering chrondral damage, which is the cartilage at the end of the bone.     


The surgery, which is a relatively new procedure, involves transplanting meniscus tissue from an available donor (usually a cadaver).  Much like an organ transplant, this requires a match between patient and donor.  An available donor match has been found with Hoskins.


Once the surgery is complete, Hoskins will be on crutches for six weeks.  The rehabilitation process will begin immediately following surgery and is expected to take eight months.


Hoskins has not seen action this season for the Wildcats.  As a junior, he averaged 14.5 points on 45.1 percent shooting (162-of-359) with 5.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals in 27.6 minutes per game.  He earned numerous accolades for his stellar season in 2006-07 highlighted by his selection to the coaches’ All-Big 12 second team.  He already ranks among the top-30 in two career categories, including 15th in scoring average (13.9 ppg.) and 29th in total points (875).


Hoskins will be available to answer questions from the media following the postgame press conference at Bramlage Coliseum.