BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia Tech senior guard Kendyl Brooks will not play in the 2019-20 season after undergoing season-ending hip surgery last week.
“We’re very disappointed,” head coach Kenny Brooks told WFXR’s David DeGuzman in an exclusive interview Monday afternoon. “Last week, we found out that Kendyl, pretty much our lone natural senior, is not going to be able to play this year.”
Kendyl Brooks started 10 games and appeared in all 34 contests last season, averaging four points a game. The Harrisonburg, Va.-native made 43 three-pointers last season, bringing her total 160 in her career, which currently stands fourth in program history.
She owned the record for most three-pointers by a freshman with 62 triples during the 2016-17 campaign until teammate Aisha Sheppard broke the mark a year later.
The news comes as the Hokies prepare for their season opener on November 5 against Saint Francis at Cassell Coliseum.
“She went in for exploratory surgery on her hip which she previously had repaired, a labrum. Then she actually re-tore it,” Kenny Brooks said. “We were hoping it was just going to be cleaning up some scar tissue but she actually re-tore it. And it’s a pretty lengthy rehabilitation.”
Brooks did not confirm whether Kendyl will take a redshirt this season or if she will return next year.
“We’re going to let her focus on her health,” Kenny Brooks said. “She does graduate in May. Right now, the sole focus is on her health and to make sure she continues her academic studies and to make sure that she’s happy.”
The oldest of three of Kenny Brooks’ daughters, Kendyl is the only true four-year senior on the team and was expected to play a key role for the Hokies this year. Guard Taja Cole and forward Lydia Rivers are fifth-year graduate transfers expected to make their respective Hokies’ debuts this season.
“That significantly hurts us because she’s probably logged the most minutes out of anyone that was returning,” Kenny Brooks said. “A three-year veteran that’s played valuable minutes for us with a team that’s relatively young and inexperienced and new.”
Kenny Brooks has had to deal with the news as both a head coach and a father.
“It’s been a little bit difficult in the Brooks’ household, I’ve had to wear two hats,” Kenny Brooks said. “To make sure everything else is okay around the situation and be compassionate towards her in both capacities, as coach and as a father.”
According to Kenny Brooks, Kendyl slightly tore her hip labrum midway through her sophomore season. She repaired the injury prior to her junior year.
“At some point, probably January, she talked about discomfort in her hip. Never was really able to move as good as she wanted to,” Kenny said. “I knew something was going on. At the end of the year, we were hoping it was something that was going to heal itself.”
The Hokies finished last season with a 22-12 overall record and a run to the WNIT Sweet 16.