Akil Mitchell injury: Virginia forward out 6-8 weeks with broken hand
According to coach Tony Bennett, Mitchell broke a bone in his right hand, although he isn't sure which bone is injured. He also expects a full recovery.
Mitchell took a big step forward last season as he took over a starting role. Mitchell was the second leading scorer for Virginia last season, averaging 13.1 points per game. He also led the team in rebounds with 8.9 per game. He was rated as the best defensive player in the ACC last season and had the highest defensive rebound percentage in the conference as well, which helped earn him honors to the All-ACC third team.
Always the optimist, Bennett told the Daily Progress the silver lining is that the injury will help his seniors be well rested for their final season of college basketball.
"These guys are going into their last year and sometimes it forces them...to have to take a little time off - not a crazy amount - to really refresh their bodies...I think it will refresh them, and then as long as there are no complications - which we don't expect with them - they'll be ready to go in plenty of time once we get back into school and all that stuff."
For whatever reason Mitchell isn't ready by the time the season starts, the Cavaliers are well stocked in the front court. 6'11 forward Mike Tobey will be a sophomore and is expected to take a bigger role. Virginia also has Anthony Gill available to play after sitting out a year after transferring from South Carolina.
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