Vanderbilt basketball will have to deal with a costly loss despite winning last night's game against Marshall. Redshirt junior center Josh Henderson suffered a torn ACL, MCL, and meniscus early in the contest and will now miss the rest of the 2013-2014 season.
Henderson went down midway through the first half with the left knee injury and did not return to the game. James Siakam and Damian Jones played a combined 54 minutes in the frontcourt to make up for his absence.
The loss of the smooth-smoothing [Ed. Note - ...you know what, I'm leaving it in there due to Hendo's essential frontcourt smoothness] big man will cause coach Kevin Stallings to shuffle his rotations with SEC play looming on the horizon. Jones, Siakam, and freshman Luke Kornet will all see their minutes increase with the veteran center on the bench for the rest of the year. Henderson was in the midst of his best season as a Commodore, scoring 6.6 points and pulling down 4.3 rebounds per game. His soft offensive touch gave Vandy a strong complement to Jones's bullish inside game.
If all goes well, Henderson should be healthy for the start of the 2014-2015 season. He's expected to head to surgery once the swelling in his left knee goes down, and he'll start rehab just weeks after going under the knife.