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Toledo Rockets forward AJ Edu suffers ACL injury at FIBA U-19 World Cup

A member of last year's all-MAC freshman team suffered a potentially season ending injury during the FIBA tournament.

Toledo's Savage Arena is the home of Bob Nichols Court, dedicated in his name in 2008.
Toledo’s Savage Arena is the home of Bob Nichols Court, dedicated in his name in 2008.
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It is often said that nothing good happens during the college off-season, and today that appears to be true for the Toledo men’s basketball team. Sophomore forward AJ Edu has been confirmed as suffering an ACL, and meniscus tear in his right knee while participating for the Philippines in the FIBA Under 19 World Cup. Edu also reportedly has a hairline fracture of his right femur bone.

While no official timeline has been given, it is expected that Edu will miss the upcoming season for the Rockets.

Edu, a 6-10 sophomore who hails from Bristol, England, was an all-MAC freshman honoree last season after playing in all 33 contests. Along the way Edu averaged 3.6 points and 3.9 rebounds while leading the Rockets in blocks at 1.7 per game.

That mark led the MAC and set a Toledo freshman record. Edu was expected to have a good shot at moving into the Rocket starting lineup or at the least return as a key reserve again this winter.

The Rockets finished 25-8 last season, while qualifying for the NIT where they lost to Xavier in Cincinnati. They are expected to be among the favorites again in 2019-2020, but losing Edu would serve as a big blow to those hopes.