Miami basketball loses Deng Gak for 2019-20 season

On the night Florida transfer Keith Stone made his Miami basketball debut the Hurricanes twitter account @CanesHoops announced that redshirt sophomore forward Deng Gak is out for the season with a knee injury.

On the Miami basketball program show Hurricanes head coach Jim Larranaga told play-by-play announcer Joe Zagacki that redshirt sophomore forward Deng Gak was out for the season after season-ending surgery for a meniscus tear that he suffered in practice. Forward Keith Stone made his Miami debut Monday night.

Gak was providing 12 minutes off the bench for Larranaga and the Hurricanes averaging 1.9 points per game, 1.6 rebounds and it tied on Miami for fourth with four blocked shots. It is a devastating break for Gak who missed all but eight games during the 2018-19 season with an injury in the other knee.

Gak was giving Miami good minutes off the bench and gave the Hurricanes good size at 6’10. Stone essentially replaces Gak in the Miami basketball rotation upfront. Larranaga is likely to play Stone more than the 12 minutes that Gak averaged. Stone is more adept offensively than Gak.

Gak averaged 2.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG and 1.1 blocks in eight games in 2018-19. The 6’8 244 pound Stone gives Miami and strong body inside who can score. The Deerfield Beach native averaged 6.1 PPG and 3.9 RPG last season as a junior in 17 games with the Gators before suffering a torn ACL and ending his season in January.

Stone had career averages of 6.2 PPG, 3.4 RPG in three seasons at Florida. Gak was originally a four-star signee at center in the Class of 2017. He joined Miami for the spring semester in 2018 and redshirted that season. Gak has been beset by the injuries in his two seasons and has not gotten a chance to live up to his billing.

Next: Keith Stone makes Miami debut at Illinois

Gak is one of several foreign players on the Miami basketball roster. He played with Hurricanes senior guard Dejan Vasiljevic on the Australian national team. Miami also has junior forward Sam Waardenburg from New Zealand.

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