Florida forward Stone out for season with knee injury

Florida forward Stone out for season with torn knee ligament. [GateHouse Georgia]

Special to The Sun

Florida forward Keith Stone will have season-ending surgery after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Saturday’s game at Georgia.

The Gators announced the news Sunday, one day after their 62-52 win in Athens and after Stone underwent an MRI that confirmed the damage. Stone will undergo surgery in the next several weeks.

The 6-foot-8 junior from Deerfield Beach averaged 6.1 points and 3.9 rebounds in 17 games this season, including 13 starts. Stone had come off the bench the last four SEC games and had yet to hit a field goal in league play (0-for-10 going), but he scored eight points in nine minutes Saturday before landing awkwardly on his left leg while trying to block a shot early in the second half against the Bulldogs.

“We’re really disappointed for Keith. You could see he was playing with confidence (Saturday), and you hate to see a guy go down at any time,” UF coach Mike White said.

Losing Stone leaves Florida short-handed in the frontcourt, where forward Chase Johnson transferred last month and big men Isaiah Stokes and Gorjok Gak have played sparingly because of injuries and fitness levels.


  1. That sux! Prayers Stone’s surgery goes well, and his rehab goes even better. And at least it happen early enough in the year that perhaps Stone can still “prove his metal” during next season at U.F., for the 2020 NBA draft.

  2. Wonder if he’s played too much this year to get a medical redshirt. I just hope he doesn’t have the issues that Gak has been having for so long with his knees. It’s Egbunu’s lost season all over again. Will need some players to really step up in the front court big time.

      • Yep.
        All of Florida’s current big men are underachievers. They are all offensively challenged. I really don’t understand how they can be 6’8″ or bigger and not score at least 8-10 points a game. Just being in position on the offensive boards and getting a few offensive rebounds and a few low posts feeds and they all should score at least 8-10 points every game. They fact that they don’t and can’t tells me they do not want it.