BREAKING: Tennessee Power Forward Out For The Season

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    Tennessee forward Olivier Nkamhoua suffered an ankle injury against South Carolina on Saturday afternoon. On Monday, a Tennessee spokesperson announced that Nkamhoua’s injury will require immediate surgery, and the junior forward is not expected to return to the court this season.

    Nkamhoua’s injury was sustained early in the second half against the Gamecocks in Columbia. After initially going down on the court, Nkamhoua was then helped back to the locker room, unable to sustain any weight on his leg. Nkamhoua did return to the sideline during the game’s close, however, it was clear that he was not going to be able to go in the game.

    After Saturday’s game, Barnes spoke to the media about Nkamhoua’s injury, although, he didn’t have much current information. At the time, Barnes said that he had heard Nkamhoua’s injury was a “tweak“, but evidently, the diagnosis is much more concerning after a visit with the doctors in Knoxville.

    Throughout his 2021-2022 season, Nkamhoua was averaging 8.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game.

    Tennessee forward Olivier Nkamhoua is not expected to return to the court for Tennessee this season after needing surgery to address his ankle injury from Saturday.

    This story will be updated with quotes from Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes when available.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.