Auburn forward Anfernee McElmore suffered a gruesome injury today against South Carolina.
Anfernee McElmore is a sophomore forward for the upstart Auburn Tigers. He is averaging 2.7 blocks per game and is a crucial interior defender for one of the top teams in the country.
The Tigers lost to South Carolina today, and were without McElmore for much of the contest.
Late in the first half, McElmore went down with an ugly injury on a bit of a freak play. Tiger forward Desean Murray attempted to draw a charging foul on Gamecocks guard Wesley Myers.
He fell backwards into a jumping McElmore, who went down and audibly screamed for trainers. From AL.com’s description of the play:
McLemore immediately fell to the ground and remained there for several minutes while being tended to. His leg was put into an air cast and he was loaded up onto a stretcher before being carted off the floor and taken to a hospital for X-rays but was in "good spirits," according to the SEC Network.
SEC Network posted a screengrab of McElmore waving to the road crowd as he was being taken off the floor.
Auburn announced that he has been diagnosed with a dislocated left ankle. Here is video of the play, if you are so inclined:
McElmore only had one point at the time of his injury, but he did have five rebounds and two blocks during his time on the court. He averages 7.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game on the season.
Auburn was down 45-23 at the time of the injury, and trailed by 20 or so for much of the first half. The Tigers actually rebounded to get back in the game by the end.
The Tigers outscored South Carolina 50-38 in the second half, but it wasn't enough to fully close the 21-point first half deficit. The Gamecocks wound up with the 84-75 win at home.
Frank Booker led the way for South Carolina with 17 points off the bench. The Gamecocks are now 14-13, and 5-9 in a very strong SEC. Auburn falls to 23-4 and 11-3 in league play.
Update: McElmore took to Twitter to update his status afterwards.
We wish him the best on his recovery. Hopefully he makes a full comeback for next year.