LMU men’s basketball junior guard Joe Quintana is expected to miss all of the 2019-2020 season with a torn ACL, he announced in an Instagram post Tuesday night.

The injury marks a major setback for both Quintana and the Lions as a whole. Quintana was projected to be the team’s starting point guard for the upcoming season and serve in an increased role from last season in terms of both shooting and passing. Prior to the injury, he expressed confidence about his abilities as a leader and the team as a whole.

“[Head coach Mike Dunlap] has a lot of trust in me and my teammates have a lot of trust in me to help me lead our team to another great season,” he said.

Although Quintana now begins a long rehabilitation process, he tried to remain optimistic about his potential return.

“I have a very strong support system and will make sure my [comeback] is greater than ever,” his Instagram post read in part. “I love my LMU family and know they will have a great season and I’ll be with them the whole way! Minor setback for a major comeback.”

In the 2018-2019 season, Quintana appeared in 32 games, including 17 starts. He averaged 7.5 points per game, recorded 54 assists and led the team in three-pointers made with 46. He will most likely take a redshirt season for 2019-2020 and look to return next year as a redshirt junior.

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Alex Hutton is a junior journalism major from Oakland, California. He is a diehard fan of the Warriors, Giants, 49ers, Sharks, Cal Bears and LMU Lions. He lists getting his plays produced and meeting Paul McCartney as among his current life goals.

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