The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost junior forward Mawot Mag for the season after he suffered a torn ACL. Mag was a key starter for the program and without him, the team could struggle to close out Big Ten play. He injured his knee going up for a layup in the first half of the team’s 61-55 win over the Michigan State Spartans. The talented forward fell hard and immediately grabbed his knee and did not return to the game. He returned to the bench later during the second half of the game.
.@MawotMag will comeback stronger than ever.#TheKnighthood????
— Rutgers Men’s Basketball ? (@RutgersMBB) February 7, 2023
This season with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Mawot Mag averaged 7.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and one steal per game. He paired those numbers with a field goal percentage of 50 percent and a three-point percentage of 30 percent. Mag was also one of the team’s best defenders and a vital starter on the team. Replacing him in the starting lineup and rotation will prove to be difficult.
Rutgers Head Coach Steve Pikiell said the following in a statement about the injury: “We’re going to miss Mawot greatly. He’s a high-energy player, a veteran presence, and the ultimate glue guy. He’s one of our best team defenders and one of our best offensive rebounders. There’s not a better person in our program and we can’t wait to see him back on the floor in front of Rutgers Nation.”