Cal C Hampton held out of practice after surgically repaired knee swells

Updated: October 28, 2008, 6:35 PM ET
Associated Press

STANFORD, Calif. -- California center Devanei Hampton, the 2007 Pac-10 Player of the Year, is being held out of practice probably until at least next Tuesday because of a setback with her surgically repaired right knee.

The 6-foot-3 senior underwent a knee operation at the start of last season and then another procedure this past offseason to clean it out. Since official practices began Oct. 17, she had been experiencing regular swelling that kept her out of some drills, coach Joanne Boyle said Tuesday during a media day for the Cal and Stanford programs.

Last week, Cal athletic trainers decided to hold Hampton out of practice for 10 to 12 days, which will take her to about next Tuesday. She also received a cortisone shot in the knee.

"Dev came out and we had to shut her down," Boyle said. "She needs to regain some strength in her quadriceps and hamstrings."

Hampton helped the Golden Bears -- picked to place second in the Pac-10 behind rival and eight-time defending regular-season champion Stanford -- reach the second round of the NCAA tournament this past March and they lost 55-53 on a buzzer beater to George Washington after being in control of the game most of the way. Hampton, part of one of the top recruiting classes in school history when she arrived at Cal four years ago, is a three-time first team all-conference selection who averaged 13.5 points and 8.0 rebounds last season as a junior. She missed the first nine games of the year recovering from her first knee surgery.

Without Hampton, Cal's depth takes another hit considering 6-5 center Rama N'diaye already will be out until at least late November as she recovers from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee that she hurt in the Bears' first-round NCAA victory over San Diego last spring.

N'diaye averaged 6.7 points and 5.6 rebounds in her sophomore season. She has added 10 pounds of muscle to her frame during the rehabilitation process and received a brace last week that will allow her to do more and more in upcoming practices.

But Boyle will be cautious in how quickly she pushes N'diaye back.

"She's probably a month ahead of schedule," Boyle said. "She looks great. She's moving forward really well."


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