James Rojas, a highly-rated junior college prospect who joined the University of Alabama men’s basketball team last month, has undergone ACL surgery on his right knee. He is expected to miss the upcoming season.
The surgery was performed on Thursday morning. Surgery was performed by Dr. Lyle Cain of Andrews Sports Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Ala.
“We are disappointed to lose James for the season,” Alabama head coach Nate Oats said in a UA release. “I feel terrible for him and his family because he was excited to be on campus and contribute to our team. We are fortunate to have an outstanding medical team at the University of Alabama that will be alongside him every step of the way during the rehab process and we are looking forward to having him for two seasons beginning in the 2020-21 season.”
Rojas, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward, was a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) First Team All-American. He signed with Alabama in May but had to complete two classes in residence in New York and was unable to participate in Alabama’s team skill sessions over the summer
“I’ve known James since his early high school years and have developed a great relationship with him and his mother,” Oats said when Rojas signed in May. “He’s exactly what we’ve been looking for in a player starting with the fact that he’s one of the toughest players I’ve ever seen.”
Rojas would have a medical redshirt year available and would have two years of eligibility remaining.