LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville men’s basketball senior Mike Marra re-injured his left knee in the early moments of a practice session on Friday afternoon and is likely out for the 2012-13 season.
“Mike was just pivoting, trying to make a pass early in practice and went down,” said U of L head coach Rick Pitino. “It’s an unfortunate thing that happened in the game. Mike took it very well and said it just wasn’t meant to be. He handled it very professionally. Mike wants to be a coach, and this allows him to pursue coaching a year ahead of schedule. We’ll miss him, but we want have a deep basketball team.”
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test is scheduled for Saturday morning to determine the extent of the injury, but the initial assessment points to a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He tore the same ACL last Nov. 17 against Lamar, the second game of the 2011-12 season, had reconstructive surgery on Nov. 29 and had been on the long road of rehabilitation since then.
A 6-foot-5 guard from Smithfield, R.I., Marra scored six points in each of Louisville’s first two games last year. He averaged 6.2 points and two assists, while burying 45 3-point goals as a sophomore in 2010-11, starting 11 games.