UNLV announced Wednesday afternoon that junior guard Daquan Cook will miss the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL.
Cook, a 6-foot-1-inch, 170-pound guard from Baltimore, Md., will use the 2014-15 season as a redshirt year and will have two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2015-16.
"We feel terrible for Daquan," Rice said. "He is an important part of our program and will have our full support as he goes through this challenge."
Cook averaged 1.8 points in 8.5 minutes last season, while playing in 28 games as a sophomore. Cook could have seen a boost in minutes at the point guard position, as UNLV only has one true point guard ahead of him in transfer Cody Doolin, who will likely be eligible for UNLV this season.
Kendall Smith and Jerome Seagers will likely be used at the point guard position when Doolin is off the court for Dave Rice.
In his limited minutes last season, UNLV posted an offensive rating of 86.7 and a defensive rating of 104.4 with Cook on the floor, per Real GM. Cook did double his scoring output over the last five games at 3.6 points per game, and he lowered his turnover percentage from 24.9 percent in 2012-13 to 19.3 percent last season.