CHICAGO — Loyola forward Jay Knuth will miss the entire 2015-16 season after tearing his labrum during preseason, coach Porter Moser told The Catch and Shoot.
Knuth, a 6-foot-6 sophomore, averaged 2.7 points last season while shooting 42.3 percent from beyond the arc.
“It’s a tough one because Jay was a weapon for us,” Moser said Friday at the Chicago College Basketball Luncheon. “He could shoot it and he knew the system. It’s going to be an issue right now because of the depth.”
The Ramblers return 6-foot-7 senior Montel James to their frontcourt, along with 6-foot-9 sophomore Julius Rajala. While James was one of the MVC’s top newcomers last season, Rajala logged only 119 minutes and missed the end of the season with a thumb injury.
Moser adds 6-foot-9 junior college transfer Maurice Kirby and 6-foot-6 freshman Pernell Adgei, but both players are still adapting to Loyola’s system.
“Like we said when (star guard) Milt (Doyle) went down last year, next man up,” Moser said. “So we’re sad we lost Jay, but this also gives someone else an opportunity.”