Emmanuel Malou injured, will miss Summer League
Australian basketball has never been hotter, but the success hasn’t come with some unfortunate circumstances.
Emmanuel Malou will join Andrew Bogut and Dante Exum in the rehab room, after suffering a ruptured cyst in his knee. The injury will sideline him for at least four weeks, as per Tom Read of Believe The Hype.
The news comes at an unfavourable time for Malou, who despite not being selected in Friday’s NBA Draft, had received immense interest from multiple teams. that interest is reported to have resulted in an agreement with the Phoenix Suns to participate in the Summer League, as per Read.
Despite being an unknown prospect to most, Malou has raised eyebrows in almost an overnight manner. Playing with the Yuba Community College in California, Malou averaged 14.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game in his freshman season.
After a wild few months, Malou’s future is now up in the air.
Initially committing to the Iowa State Cyclones, Malou announced in a statement that his back-up plan to enter the NBA Draft would become plan A, withdrawing from the Big 12 Conference school.
“After careful consideration, I have decided that it is time to pursue my NBA dream and sign with an agent,” Malou said in a statement, via Tommy Birch of The Des Moines Register. “I know that it is going to require a huge amount of work, but I am motivated and excited for the challenges that lie ahead.
“I would like to thank all the staff at Iowa State for all that they have done for me. I want to wish them and the players the best of luck in the coming season.”
Malou’s NCAA eligibility was being investigated, leading to Malou's decision to bypass college and turn professional.
Now battling injury, Malou’s future is as blurry as it was back then.