ALBANY — Since the UAlbany men’s basketball program started its preseason, head coach Will Brown said the team’s coaching staff had to plan that redshirt junior guard Jojo Anderson would miss the 2019-20 season.
That outlook changed Tuesday, a positive development for the Great Danes.
“We’re optimistic now that we’ll get him back,” Brown said of the transfer from Nevada.
Anderson had a meniscectomy Tuesday on his injured left knee, but it was possible that he’d also need the knee’s ACL immediately fixed. The ACL, though, was “only loose, not torn,” so it’s possible for Anderson to attempt to play this season before likely having his ACL repaired following the season.
Brown said Anderson won’t be ready for the start of the Great Danes’ season, which comes Nov. 9 vs. Lehigh. While a firm timetable for Anderson’s return to action isn’t currently known, Brown said it’s possible Anderson could be in uniform before the end of UAlbany’s non-conference season, which concludes Dec. 30 at Columbia.
“That’s my goal,” Brown said.
If healthy, Anderson projects to add valuable guard depth for the Great Danes. Prior to sitting out last season at Nevada, Anderson played two seasons at Northern Arizona, where he averaged 11.1 points per game and shot 32.5% from 3-point territory during his sophomore season.
Previously, Brown had said not having Anderson would be a “crushing blow” for UAlbany.