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Lakers expect second-round pick to make full recovery

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Lakers second-round draft pick
Ronny Turiaf underwent heart surgery Tuesday and was expected to
make a full recovery, the team said.

The former Gonzaga star had surgery to repair an enlarged aortic
root and preserve his aortic valve. He's expected to be
hospitalized about a week.

The six-hour operation was performed by Dr. Craig Miller at the
Stanford University Medical Center.

Turiaf, selected 37th overall in the draft, was diagnosed with
an enlarged aortic root during a team physical after the draft. Had
the condition not been caught and treated it could have been fatal,
team spokesman John Black said.

The 6-foot-10 power forward averaged 15.9 points, 9.5 rebounds,
2.7 assists and 1.9 blocked shots as a senior at Gonzaga last
season. He ranks fourth all time at Gonzaga in scoring (1,723
points) and rebounds (859), second in blocks (179) and is the
school's career leader in free throws made (643).