The Milwaukee Bucks fear prized-rookie forward Jabari Parker will miss the rest of the NBA season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee during a game against the Phoenix Suns earlier this week.

ESPN reported late Tuesday that the Bucks are expected to formally announce the 19-year-old Parker’s season is essentially over during a Wednesday press conference. The former Duke star was injured when he collided with rugged Suns’ forward P.J. Tucker during a third-quarter drive to basket in the Bucks’ Monday night road win.

Parker had to be helped to the locker room by teammates and underwent an MRI in Milwaukee on Tuesday that confirmed a torn ACL in his left knee. Parker was selected as the No. 2 overall pick in last June’s draft behind former Kansas star Andrew Wiggins.

Parker has quickly gone about the business of distinguishing himself as one of the league’s top rookies. He was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for November, averaging 12 points, six rebounds and two assists.

Before suffering a torn ACL in his left knee, the son of former NBA journeyman Sonny Parker was averaging 12.5 points and 5.6 rebounds over the Bucks’ surprising 13-12 start.

Parker’s best game this season came against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this month when he totaled 22 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

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