AUBURN, AL - Auburn sophomore forward Ty Armstrong injured his left knee and will have surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews next week at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham.
"I feel for Ty just as much as I feel for Frankie as well as the Auburn Family," said first-year head coach Tony Barbee. "I've always said things happen for a reason, and I truly believe this unfortunate injury to Ty is part of that. Our prayers are with him as he goes through surgery and the rehabilitation process.
"We look forward to Ty and Frankie joining us on the court as soon as they are 100 percent."
Armstrong, a 6-foot-9 forward from Melbourne, Fla., is Auburn's top returning inside presence despite averaging 2.0 points and 1.6 rebounds in 6.6 minutes per game for last year's team. Junior guard Frankie Sullivan underwent successful surgery on his left knee on July 27, and there is no timetable for his return.
Only 31 percent of Auburn's scoring and 36 percent of the Tigers' rebounding return from last year's 15-17 team, and Sullivan and Armstrong account for 19 percent of the scoring.