Jalen Hood-Schifino was the 17th pick in the 2023 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers after one season of college basketball playing for the Indiana Hoosiers.
Unfortunately, Hood-Schifino will miss the first week of his rookie season as he is currently dealing with an injury.
Via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin: “Jalen Hood-Schifino (right patella contusion) will miss at least the opening week of his rookie season. He’ll be re-evaluated Nov. 3, the team says.”
During his one season playing for the Hoosiers, Hood-Schifino averaged 13.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per contest while shooting 41.7% from the field and 33.3% from the three-point range in 32 games.
Hood-Schifino played four games in the preseason and averaged 3.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists per contest.
The Lakers will play their first game of the 2023-24 regular season on Tuesday evening when they visit Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena in Colorado.
They are coming off a year where they were the seventh seed in the Western Conference with a 43-39 record.
After defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves in the play-in tournament, the Lakers beat the Memphis Grizzlies (second seed) and Golden State Warriors (2022 NBA Champions) in the first two rounds of the playoffs.
However, the Lakers were swept by the Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals.
That said, the team is led by LeBron James, Anthony Davis, D’Angelo Russell and Austin Reaves, so they will once again be seen as a contender going into the new year.