Former SoCon Freshman of the Year Damari Monsanto will unfortunately miss the entire 2021-22 basketball season after undergoing surgery today, the Wake Forest Basketball team announced on Twitter.
Monsanto, who was recruited to play at ETSU by Steve Forbes, decided to follow Forbes and transferred to Wake Forest in April of this year. The 6-6 forward averaged 11.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game over 25 games as redshirt freshman last season. He was voted the SoCon Freshman of the Year and SoCon All-Freshman Team by both the coaches and the media, and was also named All-SoCon Third Team by the media.
As the transfer rules were altered this year to allow players to be immediately eligible to play, Monsanto likely would have been a key contributor to the Deacs this season. His injury means that Wake will have to rely more on the incoming freshman class of Robert McCray (6-4), Lucas Taylor (6-6), and Cameron Hildreth (6-4) to score from the wings.
Injuries continue to be the worst part of sports. Hopefully Monsanto undergoes a full recovery and is back and better than ever in 2022. Get well soon Damari!