Jarvis Turner Has Knee Surgery

Dec. 13, 2000

LOS ANGELES - USC men's basketball senior forward Jarvis Turner, one of the team's top reserves, underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery today to repair torn cartilage in his left knee and will miss approximately two to four weeks, USC Coach Henry Bibby announced today.

'Losing Jarvis Turner is a blow to the team,' Bibby said. 'It's unfortunate. He has had a lot of bad luck as far as injuries go while he has been here. He brings a lot to the team in regards to leadership and versatility on the court. We look forward to his return.'

Turner, who suffered the injury during USC's game against San Diego on Nov. 21, has played in five games this season, all as a reserve. He has averaged 4.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game.

Turner played in only seven games last year because of foot injuries and was granted a fifth season of eligibility this year for medical hardship. He missed six games as a freshman with a back injury and missed six more because of a broken bone in his hand as a sophomore.

For his career, Turner has started 23 of his 79 games. He has averaged 6.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 16.1 minutes per game.

USC, 6-0 and ranked No. 13, hosts Pepperdine on Thursday (Dec. 14) at 7:30 p.m. at the Sports Arena.

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