UW Men's Basketball Loses Erroll Knight for 3-4 Weeks

Nov. 1, 2001

SEATTLE - University of Washington freshman guard Erroll Knight will undergo arthroscopic surgery in his left knee on Friday morning and will be sidelined from three to four weeks, men's basketball coach Bob Bender announced Thursday.

Knight had swelling in his left knee during preseason practice and underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The medical staff discovered some loose fragments in his knee and elected to perform surgery to remove them.

'It's disappointing that Erroll will miss the early part of the season because he has worked hard in practice and put himself in position to possibly start for us,' said Bender. 'This is certainly a setback, but the surgery is something we have to do now to correct the problem so that he will be ready for the rest of the season.'

Knight was one of the nation's premier prep shooting guards last year. The athletic 6-7 swingman averaged 19.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as a senior at Seattle's Chief Sealth High School. He was a consensus top-100 national prep selection by the recruiting services, including Pac-West Hoops which ranked him as the No. 2 shooting guard in the West.

The Huskies play their first exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 2 against the Brisbane Capitals of the Australian professional league. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. Admission is $16 for reserved seats and $6 for general admission.

Washington hosts another exhibition on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. against Western Washington. The Vikings advanced to the NCAA Division II national semifinals last season.

The Huskies begin 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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