Saint Mary's College guard Paul McCoy, who was set to become eligible this season after transferring from SMU in 2010, could miss the 2011-12 basketball season after injuring his right knee in practice.
McCoy, a junior, said Saturday that he will undergo two surgeries, the first coming on Tuesday to clean out his knee. He said he will undergo three months of rehabilitation, then have a second operation to repair the damage.
It is McCoy's second major knee injury. He missed the last month of his sophomore season at SMU with an injury to the same knee. McCoy said he plans to apply for a medical redshirt.
"It felt just as bad as the first time," McCoy said. "It's been pretty hard. Emotionally, I'm at a loss."
McCoy was being counted on to provide depth in a backcourt that needs to replace West Coast Conference Player of the Year Mickey McConnell.
His absence means that the Gaels now have just three true guards -- Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Holt and Jorden Page -- with collegiate game experience. Page is returning this season after missing the majority of the 10-11 season with an injured knee of his own.
Other guards on the roster are redshirt freshman Zach Sanchez and true freshman Jordan Giusti.