November 3, 2011
Thompson suffers knee injury
Senior to have season-ending ACL surgery for second consecutive year

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech forward JT Thompson has suffered a grade-3 tear in the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee and will undergo season-ending surgery. Thompson suffered the injury Wednesday afternoon during practice.

“I’m deeply disappointed for JT,” head coach Seth Greenberg said. “To think of all he has been through, it’s disheartening that bad things happen to good people. Our main focus right now is his health and preparing him for his graduation this December.

“My heart goes out to JT. He has been a model student-athlete, despite all the obstacles that he has faced. He was back to playing at or above the level we had expected of him following last season’s surgery. Now is not the time to discuss a sixth year.”

Thompson, a redshirt senior from Monroe, N.C., missed all of last season following surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. He appeared in all 34 games for the Hokies in the 2009-10 season. One of the top “sixth men” in the ACC that season, he was fourth on the team in scoring, at 7.3 points per game and third on the team in rebounding, at 4.6 rebounds per game. He recorded double figures in scoring nine times as a junior, including a season-high 17 points in the overtime win at Virginia.

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