Trojans' Cunningham out for season with torn ACL in knee

Updated: December 13, 2007, 11:38 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- USC redshirt freshman forward Kasey Cunningham suffered an ACL and lateral meniscus tear in his left knee during practice on Wednesday and is expected to undergo season-ending surgery in the next few weeks.

Cunningham, who was averaging 2.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in nine games (3 starts) this season, saw Dr. Thomas Vangsness Friday at USC Hospital and an MRI revealed the left knee damage. The recovery time after surgery for this type of injury is typically 6-9 months.

Cunningham redshirted during the 2006-07 USC season as he had torn the ACL of the same knee during his senior year at Cibola HS in Albuquerque, N.M.

Cunningham played in his first game as a Trojan on Nov. 10 vs. Mercer and scored two points and grabbed two rebounds. He scored six points and had a career-high 10 rebounds on Nov. 15 at the Citadel. His high game in points was seven in the win vs. Miami (OH) on Nov. 23 in the Anaheim Classic semi-finals.

Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.

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