Wildcat big man to go under the knife

University of Arizona men's basketball player Isaiah Fox will have surgery Tuesday to repair an injury to his left knee. The imetable for his return is still to be determined.

Fox, a 6-foot-9, 269-pound, forward from Santa Monica, Calif., had an MRI exam performed on his left knee Monday afternoon that revealed a meniscal tear. He will have arthroscopic surgery Tuesday, Dec. 2, to repair that tear.

A time frame for Fox's return will be determined following the procedure. He suffered the injury in the first half of last Friday's 78-77 loss to Florida. He played just a few minutes in the game before leaving the game.

Fox is averaging 8.5 points and 6.5 rebounds through two games this season. He posted his first career double-double on Nov. 24 with 15 points and 11 rebounds against Northern Arizona. He missed the entire preseason after being suspended for violating team rules in a shoplifting incident.

His absence give the Wildcats just seven available scholarship players. True freshman Kirk Walters is the only true big man on the Wildcat bench. Walk-on senior Jason Ranne saw first half action against Florida after the team lost Fox. Ranne is usually only used in garbage time.

Expect the Cats to primarily use a small line-up with either Hassan Adams and Andre Iguodala at the power forward slot. They will go small and try to dictate the pace of the game by running at every opportunity. Expect sophomore Chris Rodgers to see time at the small forward spot when either Adams or Iguodala slide over to the four.

Walk-on junior Matt Brase is also a possibility in the post although he has yet to see quality minutes this season. He played late in the blowout against NAU and did not get in the game against Flordia.

Seventh-ranked Arizona (1-1, 0-0 Pac-10) will next be in action on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Saint Louis. Tip-off is scheduled for Noon CST and can be seen nationally on ESPN2.

Information from a University of Arizona press release was used in this story.


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