A rising junior basketball standout who already has over 15 college scholarship offers will have knee surgery Friday, sidelining him for close to five months, according to the Washington Post
Six-foot-four Franklin Howard
, who averaged 11.5 points as a sophomore last year for Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.)
, was injured earlier this month when he came down on a player's foot after a dunk in a summer tournament. He finished the game and tried to play the next day, but eventually found out that he had ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Now he will likely miss a large portion of his junior season.
Howard told the Post, "Nobody is going to feel sorry for me, so I can't feel sorry for myself. I've got to work hard to rehab and make sure I come back stronger."Ranked No. 37 in his class by 247Sports
, he already has scholarship offers from such colleges as Maryland, Georgetown, Florida, Ohio State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Coach Glenn Farello called his young star "one of the best players in the country, because he brings so much to the table."
Howard was one of four starters on last year's very talented, balanced team. Helping ease the loss somewhat for the Panthers is the transfer of incoming sophomore guard Curt Jones.