Fontan Has Successful Knee Surgery
Sept. 13, 2011
USC senior guard Jio Fontan had successful surgery to repair a torn left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) today (Sept. 13) at the Kerlan-Jobe Surgery Center in Los Angeles, Calif. The surgery was performed by Dr. Stephen Lombardo.
Fontan, who was second on last year's NCAA Tournament-bound Trojans in assists and scoring, injured his knee on Aug. 16 during USC's Brazilian exhibition tour (Aug. 12-21). The injury occurred in the first half of USC's 81-70 loss against the Mogi das Cruzes pro team. Fontan had scored a combined 57 points in USC's first two games of the trip.
The 6-0 Fontan averaged 10.5 points and had 94 assists while starting 24 times last season after sitting out the first semester due to transfer rules. He scored in double figures 12 times, including 21 points twice, and had eight points or more 19 times. He had 14 games of four assists or more, including the last five. He averaged 4.6 assists over the last 10 games.
Fontan, a product of famed St. Anthony's High in Jersey City, N.J., transferred to USC early in his 2010 sophomore season at Fordham, where he had earned 2009 Atlantic-10 All-Rookie honors as a freshman.