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WVU's Pat Forsythe Likely Lost for Season

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West Virginia may be without one of its many freshmen for the remainder of the season as Pat Forsythe continues to recover from multiple injuries.

"I think he's out for the year," said head coach Bob Huggins. "I don't think he'll come back and play for the year."

Forsythe was first held out of action in the Mountaineers' 85-80 double overtime win over Kansas State with back spasms and had been listed as day-to-day in the following weeks.

WVU was hopeful Forsythe (listed as a 6-foot-11 center) would get healthy and be able to begin fully practicing and ultimately playing with the team again, but that just hasn't been the case.

Aside from 13 minutes against Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Forsythe has not played in a game since Dec. 3.

"He's had several problems, but he's got some sort of issues now that I think we're best served to just get him healed up and really not push it and hopefully get a medical redshirt for him," says Huggins.

Just a year ago, another WVU freshman big man lost his debut season to injury. Kevin Noreen suffered a ruptured prepatellar bursa in his right knee and didn't return to practice until the team was in Tampa preparing for the NCAA tournament.

Noreen was granted a medical hardship waiver that allowed him a second chance at a freshman year. Now Huggins is hoping to get Forsythe that same waiver so that he may retain a year of eligibility to use in the coming seasons, though he has not yet been officially ruled out for what's left on the current schedule.

"There's no guarantees. Medical redshirt, there's no guarantees," says Huggins. "You apply for those at the end of the season, so we'll apply for one at the end of the season for him. But you know, he had some foot issues in high school and we thought he was good to go and clear, but they've kind of popped back up for him."

Forsythe broke his ankle while playing in the Ohio High School Division I Sectional Final back in March of his senior season.

With Forsythe relegated to the bench, junior Dominique Rutledge has seen extended minutes, including a strong effort against the undefeated Baylor Bears in the Las Vegas Classic.

So far, he's been a work in progress after having sat out last season at Western Texas College.

"It's hard to run offense with Dom in because he doesn't know what he's doing yet," says Huggins. "Honestly, early on, he was our fifth post guy and you're not going to play five. He was in practice, but he didn't get the reps that some other guys got and we're trying to get him some reps now."

At this point, Huggins has no choice as Forsythe looks to have lost his freshman season before it ever really got going.

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