URI’s Josaphat Bilau Out for Season After Knee Surgery

Rhode Island redshirt sophomore Josaphat Bilau underwent successful knee surgery Tuesday, effectively ending his 2022-23 season. Bilau injured his knee during URI’s victory over UMass Lowell on Dec. 13.

“This is obviously a tough situation for Josaphat, who has worked extremely hard since he arrived to put himself in position to be a significant contributor for the program,” Rhode Island head coach Archie Miller said. “Josaphat is a young man who does things the right way, and we could all see that everything was really coming together for him. We will put him in the best position to rehabilitate and recover from this so he can get back to full health.”

Bilau averaged 6.9 points and 5.8 rebounds in eight games, including five starts. The 6-10 big man scored in double figures three times and was shooting .444 (20-of-45) from the field, including 50.0 percent from the 3-point line. He also blocked eight shots.

A transfer from New Mexico Junior College and Wichita State, Bilau worked his way back from shoulder surgery during the offseason. While he missed the first three games of the season, the rehabilitation work he put in for that injury helped him return ahead of schedule this season.

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