July 12, 2024

After Auburn’s recent defeat, there’s a silver lining as Jaylin Williams’ knee injury, initially feared to be serious, is not as severe as first thought. The fifth-year senior is anticipated to return to play later this season, as confirmed on Sunday.

Jaylin Williams shoots a corner three during the first half of Auburn vs Alabama on February 7, 2024

Williams sustained the injury during Saturday’s game after attempting a dunk with 10:40 remaining. He remained down before being helped off the court, unable to put weight on his right leg. However, an MRI conducted on Sunday revealed that the knee damage isn’t extensive, and surgery won’t be necessary.

As the Tigers’ second-highest scorer, averaging 13 points per game, Williams has been a consistent starter in all 26 games this season, with an average playing time of just over 24 minutes, the second-highest on the team. Additionally, he leads the Tigers in both field-goal percentage (58.1%) and three-point percentage (41.4%).

While Williams will be sidelined for some time due to the injury, the Tigers will have a period to adapt as they have a break during the midweek before their upcoming game against Georgia on Saturday.

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