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Jones suffers torn ACL

Indiana senior guard Verdell Jones III suffered a torn ACL in his right knee, coach Tom Crean announced Friday.

Jones suffered the injury during Thursday's first round Big Ten Tournament game against Penn State. He was hurt in the first half and the extent of the injury was revealed later that evening in an MRI.

"This is heartbreaking news," Crean said in a statement. "His contribution to our program over the course of his career, and especially this season, is immeasurable. He was playing his best basketball and really had embraced his role on this team as a player and as a leader.

"We are proud of the career he has had at Indiana University and he, as much as anyone, deserved the opportunity to enjoy everything we have worked so hard for and are experiencing as a team. We appreciate all the prayers that have been said on his behalf."

Jones is the No. 23 all-time scorer at IU with 1,347 points. He has played in 117 games (started in 103) and averaged 11.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists. This year, he averaged 7.5 points and 3.2 assists.

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