It wasn't going to be easy for Saint Mary's to replace the production of West Coast Conference player of the year Mickey McConnell, but the task got more difficult now that point guard transfer Paul McCoy has gone down in practice with a right knee injury.
McCoy previously had torn the anterior cruciate ligament to end his sophomore season at Southern Methodist, and after redshirting last season with Saint Mary's, he might have to miss this season as well, according to the Contra Costa Times.
McCoy, a junior, said Saturday that he will undergo two surgeries, the first coming on Tuesday to clean out his knee. He said he will undergo three months of rehabilitation, then have a second operation to repair the damage.
It is McCoy's second major knee injury. He missed the last month of his sophomore season at SMU with an injury to the same knee. McCoy said he plans to apply for a medical redshirt.
"It felt just as bad as the first time," McCoy said. "It's been pretty hard. Emotionally, I'm at a loss."
The loss of McCoy leaves Saint Mary's thin in a backcourt led by shooting guard Matthew Dellavedova. The only other scholarship guards on the roster are sophomores Stephen Holt, who led the team in steals, and Jorden Page, who missed most of last season with a knee injury of his own. Saint Mary's could end up going with a big lineup that utilizes versatile forwards Rob Jones, the team's top returning scorer, and Clint Steindl.
For McCoy, it's more disappointment after averaging 13.4 points as a freshman at SMU to make Conference USA's all-freshman team. The knee hasn't enabled him to play in a college game since February 2010, and now the wait will be much longer.