SACRAMENTO -- Sacramento State senior guard Marcus Graves will miss the 2017-18 season after undergoing back surgery.
Graves, who is a fourth-year senior and team co-captain, will return to play during the 2018-19 season. The San Diego native had started 62 consecutive games dating back to the beginning of his sophomore season.
Last year, he averaged 13.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 0.9 steals per game while shooting .438 (163-372) from the field and .739 (99-134) from the free throw line. Grave scored in double figures 24 times, including a career-best 13-game streak from Jan. 12-Feb. 25. Among Big Sky leaders, he finished second in assists, third in assist-to-turnover ratio (+2.0), fifth in minutes (35.1 mpg) and 15th in scoring. The assists were also the 34th best mark in the nation
In conference play, he raised his averages to 14.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game. The 5.8 assists average was the best mark in the Big Sky. Over the final 17 games of the season, Graves averaged a team-high tying 16.3 points per game. That included 18 points in a Big Sky Tournament first round win vs. Idaho State and a career-high 29 points in the quarterfinal round loss to Eastern Washington.
One of seven players in school history with better than 300 career assists (305), Graves is also just 174 points shy of scoring 1,000 career points.
Sacramento State opens the season with a home exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 3, against UC Santa Cruz at 7:35 p.m. The Hornets begin the regular season on Nov. 10 at Colorado State.
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