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Kansas State’s Ayoka Lee will miss basketball season after knee surgery

Ayoka Lee scored 22.0 points per game for Kansas State as a junior last season. (Scott Taetsch/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Kansas State senior center Ayoka Lee will miss the 2022-23 basketball season, the school announced Thursday.

Lee, who was named a second-team All-American last season, is scheduled to undergo knee surgery. She has battled the knee injury for two years, Wildcats coach Jeff Mittie said Thursday.

The star player plans to return for Kansas State for the 2023-24 season, per the school’s announcement.

One of the best players in school history, she averaged 22.0 points per game last season while also contributing 339 rebounds, 95 blocks, 39 steals and 20 double-doubles. She’s also the first women’s player in school history to reach more than 725 points, 325 rebounds and 90 blocks in a single season.

“I am devastated for Yokie,” Mittie said. “We were hopeful with a summer procedure and extended rest, she would be able to play this upcoming season.

“Unfortunately, after meeting with medical staff the last couple of days she will require season-ending surgery.”

Kansas State is set to open its season against Central Arkansas on Nov. 7.