BERKELEY, Calif. -- California point guard Jerome Randle
underwent a biopsy on his kidney Monday and will likely miss at
least a month.
The school said a routine blood test found minor abnormalities,
leading doctors to conduct more tests on the sophomore. Results of
the biopsy weren't expected for several days.
"We're hopeful that the results of the procedure will help
provide Jerome with a long-term solution and that he will be able
to return following his recovering period," coach Ben Braun said.
The normal recovery period for a biopsy is 3-4 weeks.
Randle, who was expected to compete for a starting spot this
season, played in all 33 games for the Golden Bears last season. He
made one start and averaged 6.5 points and 2.8 assists while
leading the team in free throw shooting (81.4 percent).
With Randle sidelined, Cal will have only one scholarship point
guard available, sophomore Nikola Knezevic. The Bears are already
without freshman forward Omondi Amoke, who is recovering from
surgery for a vascular abnormality in his calf. Junior forward Theo Robertson is unlikely to play until the start of the Pac-10 season
as he recuperates from hip surgery in April.