UCLA's Keefe to have surgery on left shoulder

Updated: August 9, 2007, 9:36 PM ET
Associated Press

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 Thursday.

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."


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