Padgett set to have surgery next week

Even if Louisville doesn't make it to the Big East Tournament, one Cardinal will be in New York next week. 6-11 sophomore forward David Padgett will undergo arthroscopic surgery in New York next Monday to alleviate pain in his left knee.

David Padgett will undergo surgery next Monday in New York to repair damage to his left knee.

"I'm just waiting for Monday," Padgett said Tuesday afternoon. "It's just a basic arthroscopic surgery. They'll go in and clean everything out. There's no major reconstruction. It's not really that big a deal."

Padgett had a similar knee surgery in high school. The 6-11 sophomore said he knee in early February he'd likely have to have surgery to alleviate the pain he was experiencing in his knee. Last week, Pitino pulled the plug on Padgett's season when he struggled with pain during practice. Once the surgery is complete, Padgett expects to be back on the court preparing for the 2006-07 season in a few months.

"It's a pretty quick recovery, so I should be back playing full strength by the summer time," said Padgett. "I'm looking forward to getting this done and bouncing back next year."

Padgett started 24 games this season after transferring from Kansas. He was the Cardinals third leading scorer (11.8) and top rebounder (6.1). He also led Louisville with 35 blocked shots.

"I really wanted to finish out the year, but the risk was greater than the reward," said Padgett. "I was extremely disappointed and frustrated, but I know it's the best thing. I've still got two more years here. Once I get this fixed, I'll be able to do a lot more on the court."

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