LOS ANGELES -- UCLA sophomore forward James Keefe will have
surgery on his left shoulder Friday after tearing cartilage while
playing this summer.
The 6-foot-8 Keefe will undergo the outpatient surgery at UCLA
Medical Center. His injury was discovered Tuesday, the school said
Recovery will take about four months. The Bruins, who made a
second consecutive Final Four appearance in April, open the season
Nov. 9 against Portland.
"James had a great spring and summer and I was very enthused
with his improvement during the offseason," UCLA coach Ben Howland
said. "Although this is a tough setback for him, I'm confident
that he will handle it well and be ready to go in December."
Keefe averaged 1.0 points and 1.6 rebounds while appearing in 32
of 36 games last season.
"This is disappointing because I've been working hard this
spring and summer in workouts getting my body stronger," he said.
"Hopefully I'll be able to recover quickly and be back at full
strength by the time Pac-10 play starts."