South Florida forward Alexis Yetna has been ruled out for the season after sustaining a left knee injury, the school announced Monday.
Yetna, a 6-foot-8 redshirt sophomore who was the league's freshman of the year, injured his knee in practice on Friday. He will undergo surgery later this week.
"There are things out there you cannot control, and when those things happen, you need to respond the right way, collectively as a staff and collectively as a team as well," head coach Brian Gregory said, via the Tampa Bay Times.
"Obviously (Yetna's) production is gonna be difficult to replace, but we just need everybody to become a better version of themselves," Gregory added. "If we do that, we'll be a little different obviously, but there's some opportunities out there."
Yetna averaged an American Athletic Conference-best 9.6 rebounds a game last season and also led the conference with 15 double-doubles. He totaled 346 rebounds, a school and league freshman record.
He also averaged 12.3 points a game and was scheduled to be one of five returning starters from a team that went 24-14 last season.
The Bulls open the 2019-20 season at home Tuesday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.