Hoskins Lost for the Year

Fear turned into reality Saturday when it was announced that Wildcat senior David Hoskins will not play for the rest of the season, due to a third knee surgery scheduled on Feb. 1 in Chicago. Hoskins first injured the knee in July in a Pro-Am league in Detroit.

David orignally had surgery in August, and again during the fall, but will now need a relatively new procedure that involves transplanging meniscus tissue from a noror, which is usually a cadaver.

What has been feared for nearly two months became reality Saturday when it was learned that David Hoskins will undergo a third knee surgery, and will be lost for the remainder of the 2007-08 season.

"It's tough," admitted the 6-foot-5 Wildcat senior. "I've never been through a situation where I've had a serious injury, or even needed surgery."

Now, Hoskins will under go his third knee surgery in less than six months, and by far the most severe.

The surgery is relatively new, and involves transplanting meniscus tissue from an available donor, which is usually a cadaver. An available donor match has been found for Hoskins.

Hoskins will undergo meniscal transplant surgery on his left knee on Feb. 1. The surgery will take place in Chicago. He will be on crutches for six weeks with an eight month rehabilitation process to follow.

"This is an extremely sad day for David and our basketball program," said KSU head coach Frank Martin. "For him to find out on his last visit to the doctor that he will be having reconstructive surgery and sit out the rest of his senior season is devastating."

Hoskins' injury is a meniscal tear with chrondral damage (cartilage at the end of the bone) to his left knee. The tear first happened last July when he was playing in Pro-Am league in Detroit.

"It was hot in the gym and the floor was slippery," Hoskins said. "I slipped and fell."

Surgery was performed in August, but he had a reoccurrence to the problem in October where he again tore the meniscal tissue and suffered chrondral damage.

"I really don't know," Hoskins said when asked if he tried to come back from the first surgery too soon. "The second time I completely tore my meniscus, but I'm not sure if I came back too soon or not."

Asked about his role on the team for the rest of the season, he quipped, "I feel part of the staff. I feel like a coach."

He added, "There are too many personalities on this team for me to be down."

Scheduled to graduate in social science in May, Hoskins said, "I can't let this stop my ultimate goal."

Hoskins, who started his career at Central Michigan and then Schoolcraft Community College before transferring to Kansas State prior to the 2005-06 season, will likely look into being granted a sixth year from the NCAA to complete his four years of eligibility.

"I'd like to finish my career the right way," he said of possibly playing again for the Wildcats.

As a junior, Hoskins averaged 14.5 points and 5.9 rebounds in earning second-team All-Big 12 honors. Hoskins ranks in the Top 30 in all time scoring average (15th, 13.9) and 29th in career points with 875.

For the Wildcats, the loss will be felt both on, and off, the floor.

"David controlled the locker room and controlled practice," said KSU assistant coach Brad Underwood. "We were counting very heavily on his leadership this season. When a peer tells you something, it's different than a coach telling you. David made sure the guys worked hard. He had a point-guard mentality in that he told everyone where to be and what to do."

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