UW's Marlon Shelton will Have Knee Surgery

SEATTLE - University of Washington senior center Marlon Shelton re-injured his left knee and will miss the entire 2001-02 men's basketball season, Coach Bob Bender announced Wednesday.

Shelton suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee against USC on March 8th.

His rehabilitation was hampered when he re-injured his knee in September. He will undergo another surgery on Oct. 16 to repair his ACL and medial meniscus.

"Certainly for Marlon, re-injuring his knee is a setback and puts him in a difficult position. He had worked very hard to get himself ready for this season," said Bender."

A 6-10 three-year letterman at Washington, Shelton led the team with 38 blocked shots last season while averaging 4.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. He is planning to return for the 2002-03 season.

He played 29 games last season and started 13 while sharing the center position with 6-11 David Dixon, a senior who now enters this season as the starter.

"There are two positive things that Marlon can get out of this," Bender explained. "(He can) get the knee even stronger than it was before it was hurt last year against USC, and he has an opportunity to get a fifth year to work on a lot of things that he hasn't been able to address to this point in his career."

The Huskies begin practice for the 2001-02 season on Oct. 13. They will play 7 p.m. exhibition games at home, Nov. 2 against the Brisbane Capitals of the Australian professional league, and Nov. 8 against Western Washington.

Washington begins the regular season on Nov. 15 at Alaska-Fairbanks in the first game of the Top of the World Classic. The regular-season home opener is Nov. 24 against Santa Clara.

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