BALTIMORE - UMBC sophomore center Daniel Akin (London, England) underwent successful surgery today to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and will miss the rest of the 2018-19 campaign.
Akin did not compete in the first 11 games of the season, recovering from a similar tear while competing for Team Great Britain in the U-20 World Championships in Germany last summer.
He returned to the court on Dec. 16 versus Florida Gulf Coast and was re-instated into the starting lineup for the next six games. In that span, he averaged 7.4 points and a team-best 8.0 rebounds per game. Akin posted his first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high (and UMBC/America East season-high) 15 rebounds at UMass Lowell on Jan. 12.
Akin suffered the injury in practice on Jan. 14.
"We're disappointed for Dan – he fought back so hard after the injury over the summer and recovered extremely well," said head coach Ryan Odom. "It was just an unfortunate injury in practice that occurred. Our thoughts are with him right now. The surgery was as a success and this will give him time to fully heal and be ready for an entire season next year."