Humphrey expected back in time for 2006-07

Updated: April 18, 2006, 11:06 PM ET
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia's Tasha Humphrey, a Kodak All-American forward as a sophomore this past season, underwent a micofracture, which is an arthroscopic procedure to address a chrondal defect, in her right knee on Tuesday.

Humphrey, whose procedure included a debriedement to address loose fragments and inflamed tissue around her knee and knee cap, is expected to be cleared to play when the Lady Bulldogs begin preparation for the 2006-07 season this fall. She will wear a cast for approximately six weeks before beginning rehabilitation.

"I'm pleased that it's done because Tasha played in pain last year," coach Andy Landers said. "She was limited somewhat in what she could do and how much she could do in practice. It was something that was getting progressively worse and this needed to be done. I'm even more pleased that the doctors felt like it went well, and she should have relief from it in the future."

Humphrey averaged 20.1 points and 9.1 rebounds in leading Georgia to a 23-9 record and an appearance in the Sweet 16. She finished the season ranked No. 15 in scoring and No. 42 in rebounding nationally. Among SEC leaders, she was No. 2 in scoring, No. 3 in rebounding, No. 4 in free-throw percentage, No. 8 in minutes played and No. 14 in field-goal percentage.

In addition to Humphrey, the Lady Bulldogs also will welcome back starters Cori Chambers and Megan Darrah from the 2005-06 squad, as well as three more letterwinners. Georgia also is expected to receive a boost from the return of Rebecca Rowsey, a 6-foot-3 forward who started every game in 2004-05, and Angel Robinson, a 6-5 McDonald's and WBCA prep All-American in 2005. Both Rowsey and Robinson missed last season after suffering preseason knee injuries.

Georgia also signed three premier guard prospects last fall: Parade All-Americans Ashley Houts and Christy Marshall and Jaleesa Rhoden, a member of the 2004 and 2005 Canadian junior national teams.