Keyshawn Bryant will miss four to six weeks with a left knee injury, South Carolina head coach Frank Martin confirmed to reporters on Wednesday.
The Gamecocks’ 6-5, 197-pound sophomore forward had a loose piece of cartilage removed from the knee on Tuesday. This past weekend Bryant had a cyst develop in the back of a knee and had it drained on Monday. While inspecting the knee, doctors found the loose cartilage.
“He’ll be gone for a while,” Martin said before adding, “ … The injury is a cartilage issue behind the knee cap. … Yes, that’s why he developed that cyst. At first, we thought it was just [a cyst] right behind the back of the knee. And there was no pain. It was just a ball. So they drained it.
That was Monday.
“And then on Tuesday he showed up and he had a pain in his knee. … We did an MRI, and that’s when they discovered there was a piece of that cartilage lodged in the back of his knee. And that’s what created that cyst.”
Martin would not put an exact timetable on the recovery, saying everyone heals differently, but expects it to be in the four-to-six week timeframe.
“I’m hoping that it’s closer to four weeks,” the coach said. “ … But if it’s six, it’s six. We can’t control that.”
Gamecock center Alanzo Frink had the same injury last year and missed exactly six weeks.
Bryant saw action in all 32 contests of South Carolina’s games last season and averaged 9.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 23.8 minutes per game.