Ole Miss guard Eniel Polynice is out for the season after knee surgery this morning in Jackson revealed more damage than originally anticipated.
Polynice was back in Oxford by mid-afternoon on Tuesday, just hours before the Rebels are scheduled to play South Alabama at 7 p.m. at Tad Smith Coliseum.
“Unfortunately for him, and for us, the rehab process doesn’t look like it will allow him to be back this season,” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. “Obviously, we’re disappointed, but we’ve got to regroup.”
Kennedy said doctors found damage to both knee cartilage and to the bone. Polynice had surgery on the same knee after last season and missed several weeks.
The rehab process for the most recent injury is expected to take four to five months.
The 6-foot-5 Polynice, a junior, averaged 10.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game last season, and was routinely viewed as the Rebels’ best defender.
The bad news comes less than two weeks after losing another guard, sophomore Trevor Gaskins, for the season because of a ACL tear in his knee.
Ole Miss has five guards remaining who are on scholarship — Chris Warren, Zach Graham, Terrico White, Will Bogan and David Huertas.
“Having seven guards is better than five,” Kennedy said. “But we like the five that we have. We have no choice but to move on.”