Chris Ellis Has Surgery On Fractured Foot

Wake Forest sophomore forward Chris Ellis underwent surgery Monday to repair a fractured right foot -- an injury originally suffered back in mid-October.

Ellis, 6-9, fractured the foot during the first hour of the Demon Deacons' first official practice on October 18. He missed all of pre-season practice and did not play in a game until Dec. 30 against North Carolina A&T. The Marietta (GA) native played in 16 games in 2003-04, averaging 1.4 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. He had season-highs of eight points and five rebounds in a Jan. 10 victory at Clemson.

Monday's surgery, performed by Dr. Robert Teasdall, replaced a screw in his foot with a larger screw for more stability. The anticipated time of recovery is six to eight weeks and a full recovery is expected.

"The modification of the screw in Chris' foot will provide additional support and will help encourage proper healing," said Greg Collins, Wake Forest's assistant athletic director for sports medicine. "Hopefully, once the rehabilitation is complete, he will have no additional problems."

As a freshman in 2002-03, Ellis played in all 31 games and averaged 2.8 and 2.5 rebounds per game, while shooting an even 50.0 percent from the floor.

Wake Forest finished the 2003-04 season with a 21-10 overall record and its fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

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