Carl Engstrom out for season

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama basketball center Carl Engstrom will miss the remainder of the season after having surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee.

The university said surgery was performed on Tuesday morning by Dr. Lyle Cain of Andrews Sports Medicine at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Ala.

Engstrom, a 7-foot-1 junior from Sweden, suffered the injury during Alabama's game against Cincinnati on Dec. 1. He averaged 3.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in seven games this season, making three starts.

"We are disappointed to lose Carl for the remainder of the season," coach Anthony Grant said in a statement.

"Carl is a very valuable member of our team and will be greatly missed. However, the hard work and determination that he has displayed throughout his career will also assist him going forward as he rehabs and prepares to continue his career next season. We are fortunate to have an outstanding medical team that will assist him during this process."

The loss of Engstrom leaves Alabama with just one pure center. Moussa Gueye, a 7-foot junior from Senegal, has started five games this season and averages just shy of 4 rebounds and 2 points per game. Nick Jacobs, a 6-foot-8 forward, is capable of playing in the post as well.