Spencer to have Season-Ending Surgery
Horace Spencer (0) attempting a slam dunk during Auburn's 78-74 win over LSU on January 18 (Photo: Auburn Athletics/Wade Rackley)
Auburn Men’s Basketball received bad news to begin their week. It was announced Monday that forward Horace Spencer’s sophomore season will come to an early end, as he will receive surgery to repair an injured shoulder. Spencer injured his shoulder during the 87-77 loss to Tennessee in Auburn Arena on January 31. After a week’s worth of evaluating, renowned sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews will perform surgery on Spencer this Thursday in Pensacola, Florida. Head Coach Bruce Pearl says that no one has gotten a full idea of how good Spencer really is, due to a knee injury he suffered during his freshman season to go on top of his recent shoulder injury. “After his first year, he was out four months with a knee. He’s going to be out four months with a shoulder. It’s tough. You need that offseason, and he didn’t have it last year. So, ‘What’s Horace going to be like as a sophomore?’ He had no chance to train. We didn’t get him until mid-September. “ Pearl also described Spencer as the “team’s protector”, and that his toughness will be missed during the remainder of the schedule. Spencer reached double-figures three times this season, with his best game coming against Georgia State, where he posted 12. In 19 games played this season, Spencer averaged 4.8 points per game, 3.4 rebounds, and 19 minutes per contest.