Few injuries this season will be more cruel than the ACL tear Virginia Tech forward J.T. Thompson suffered in practice Wednesday.
For Thompson, it's the second straight year that he won't play a single game as a result of a season-ending knee injury. And for Virginia Tech, it's the kind of star-crossed luck that has kept the program from earning an NCAA tournament bid despite four straight seasons of 19 or more wins.
Thompson, the ACC's sixth man of the year in the 2009-10 season, was likely to start at power forward despite being undersized at 6-foot-6. The fifth-year senior is an energetic spark plug-type player who averaged 7.3 points and 4.6 boards per game as a junior and scored in double figures nine times that season.
"I'm deeply disappointed for JT," Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said in a statement. "To think of all he has been through, it's disheartening that bad things happen to good people. Our main focus right now is his health and preparing him for his graduation...