Wisconsin freshman guard Kobe King is out for the season with a knee injury.
King appeared in the first 10 games this season, averaging 19 minutes and 5.2 points per game. He was injured in a practice Friday before the Badgers’ loss to Marquette.
Because he played only 10 games King will apply for a medical hardship waiver. If granted, he would return in 2018-19 as a redshirt freshman with four years of eligibility remaining.
“Fortunately, if there is a silver lining in it, it’s that we were just under the minimum — or right at the minimum — of amount of games that could be played, so he is eligible to apply at the end of the year for it,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. “I feel bad for him, but hopefully in the long run he’ll be able to bounce back from this.”
The banged-up Badgers are off to a slow start at 4-7 and will also be without starting guard D’Mitrik Trice for 3-4 weeks. Trice had right foot surgery on Monday. He leads the team in minutes per game at 31.5 and is averaging 9.5 points per game.
King worked his way into the rotation early and is averaging 5.2 points per game.
Guard Brad Davison will be available but Gard said Davison is playing through a left shoulder injury.
“Regardless of position, if everybody else could just row a little harder or pull a little harder,” Gard said Monday, “that would help as we fight our way through this.”