Dedmon Has A Torn MCL And Tibial Bone Bruise|
Jan. 27, 2012
USC sophomore seven-foot forward Dewayne Dedmon was diagnosed with a torn medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his left knee and a tibial bone bruise of his left leg and is likely out for the remainder of the season, it was announced today (Jan. 27) by USC men's basketball head coach Kevin O'Neill.
Dedmon had an MRI on his knee this morning, following the injury in the game on Jan. 26 vs. Colorado. Dedmon hurt his knee four minutes into the game when a Colorado player took a charge and fell back into Dedmon, hyper-extending his leg.
Dedmon will begin a non-surgical treatment of rest and rehabilitation and will be evaluated week to week.
"I feel for Dewayne and our team," said O'Neill. "Obviously it is another huge blow for us as we move forward."
It is the third significant injury for USC's much-heralded transfer, as he suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right hand, second metacarpal neck (just above the knuckle of his index finder) during unofficial practice on Oct. 11 and was forced to wear a cast or splint during practice and USC's closed scrimmages until Nov. 9, two days before the season began. He then was diagnosed on Nov. 28 with a stress injury to the fifth metatarsal in his right foot which caused him to miss the game at UC Riverside on Nov. 30 and keep him from practicing from Nov. 28-Dec. 12. He did return to action on Dec. 3 at Minnesota and played in the games from that point forward, despite not practicing and wearing a boot on his foot between games.
Dedmon averaged 7.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 20 games this season. As Dedmon has gotten to practice and play on a consistent basis, he has improved upon those numbers to 9.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in the first seven Pac-12 games before suffering the injury.
WIth Dedmon's injury, USC now has five scholarship players who have suffered season-ending injuries: Dedmon (knee), Jio Fontan (knee), Aaron Fuller (labrum), Evan Smith (labrum) and Curtis Washington (labrum). USC has six scholarship players available on the active roster as two more players (Ari Stewart and Eric Wise) are transfers and unavailable until next season.