Peggau to Have Season-Ending Knee Surgery

PITTSBURGH - Duquesne University head men's basketball coach Ron Everhart announced today that freshman forward Rodrigo Peggau (Sao Paulo, Brazil/The Patterson (NC) School) will undergo season-ending surgery to repair his injured right knee.

It will be the third surgery in less than a year for the Brazilian who sat out the 2007-08 season at The Patterson School with a torn meniscus in his right knee. Rodrigo Peggau had the knee operated on in May and also had additional arthroscopic surgery on the same knee on September 15. He was cleared to begin light workouts with the team in mid-October.

"Coming into the season, we didn't really know how Rodrigo's knee would respond," said Everhart. "He is an extremely tough kid who tried to play, but the swelling in the knee did not allow him to physically do that. I'm looking forward to a successful surgery and healthy recovery. Rodrigo is one of the hardest-working guys on the team and I'm confident he will come back from this injury and continue to be an important part of our program."

Peggau's surgery, which will be performed by Dr. Christopher Harner at UPMC South Side, has yet to be scheduled, but will most likely occur in either late-December or early-January. Recovery time is estimated at six to eight months.

Peggau played in four of the Dukes' first six games. He made his debut at Saint Francis, Pa. on Nov. 20 and scored five points in the final 19 seconds of the first half to spark the Dukes in an 83-72 win. He followed that with eight points and seven rebounds in 16 minutes of an 85-65 win over Furman.

Peggau was not in uniform for Duquesne's game at No. 3 (AP) Pitt on Wednesday.

For the season Peggau averaged 5.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in 10 minutes per game. He shot .727 (8-of-11) from the field.

Duquesne will apply for a medical hardship waiver through the Atlantic 10 conference office at the conclusion of the season. If the waiver is granted, Peggau will have four seasons of eligibility remaining.

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