Liberty Men's Basketball Head Coach Dale Layer has announced that senior forward Tomasz Gielo will apply for a medical redshirt for the 2014-15 season. The Poland native will look to return next season for a fifth year after missing the last 19 games due to a stress fracture in his right foot.
"It has been tough being without Tomasz for most of the season," Layer stated. "He is an impact player on both ends of the floor and we miss him in many ways. However, since his injury is not completely healed and he has not been cleared to play, we realized that he will unfortunately, not be able to come back this season. He will be completely healed at some point and we will look forward to him coming back next year."
Prior to his injury, Gielo led the Flames in scoring through the first seven contests of the season, averaging 12.0 points per game. The senior captain was also third in rebounding during the span, grabbing 6.3 boards per contest. In Liberty's 61-55 win over Delaware on Nov. 17, Gielo paced the Flames' offense with a career-high 23 points.
If granted a fifth year of competition, Gielo will look to become the 25th member of Liberty's 1,000-point club, as he is currently 276 tallies shy of the milestone (724 points). The forward is also tied for 29th on the program's all-time rebounding list with 410 boards.
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