Bluthenthal Out With Minor Surgery

Oct. 18, 2000

LOS ANGELES - USC junior forward David Bluthenthal, a 2000 All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection and the Trojans' leading returning rebounder (8.3), will be out two to four weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to remove loose cartilage in his right knee, USC Men's Basketball Head Coach Henry Bibby said today (Oct. 18).

Bluthenthal, who started 29 of 30 games last year, was USC's fourth-leading scorer last year (13.9). In conference games only, he led the Pac-10 in rebounding (9.9) and free throw percentage (.890). He grabbed a Pac-10 high 28 rebounds last season against Arizona State.

In addition to Bluthenthal, USC first-year sophomore point guard Robert Hutchinson, a junior college transfer slated to back up incumbent junior guard Brandon Granville, will miss up to three weeks while recovering from a fractured little finger on his right hand.

The Trojans, who finished 16-14 last year, return all five starters this year and have been ranked in the Top 25 in most preseason publications.

USC opens the regular season when it hosts Bradley at the Sports Arena on Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

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