We have seen the last of Edmond Sumner's Sophomore season as the electrifying point guard was ruled out for Xavier's remaining games with a torn left ACL. This comes after Xavier had just come out of a two week stretch that saw them lose 4 of 5 and have Myles Davis leave the team. What this means in the immidiate is that it is time for Quentin Goodin to get a close up a Xavier tries to push towards March through mounting uncertainty. Malcolm Bernard has college experience at the point and Trevon Bluiett shouldered some of the load on Sunday, but the Campbellsville, KY product will surely see the biggest change in his role going forward. Goodin has looked to be coming into his own over the last two games, posting a line lf 23/1/8 with 2 turnovers in 40 minutes. Still, with 10 games still to play in the regular season, Xavier is far from a lock for the NCAA tournament, and will need to fill Sumner's 33 minutes per game with at least close to the 15/4/5 they were getting from him.
The other question that will now burn on the minds of Xavier faithful is if that was the last we saw of Sumner as a Musketeer. Sumner quickly declared his intention to return to Xavier after last season ended, but was also considered a prime candidate to test the NBA Draft this season, in some form or fashion. If that was ever actually going to be the case is unknown, as is bow this injury may or may not affect that. We simply do not know what is going on inside the young man's head in this regard. What we do know is that he is likely very disappointed and upset to have his season end in this way and will surely be at the forefront of our thoughts as he recovers.