Angounou Out For Season

Nov. 15, 2002

Arizona State freshman Serge Angounou will likely miss all of the 2002-2003 season after surgery on his right patella (kneecap) today revealed additional damage.

Angounou had microfracture surgery to repair injured cartilage and bone chips behind the kneecap and a subluxation. He is expected to have a complete recovery by late February.

Angounou, a 6-8, 230-pound forward who played at Rio Grande High School in Albuquerque, was the Gatorade New Mexico Player of the Year last year. He hurt the knee in the second half of Wednesday's 107-89 exhibition win over EA Sports All-Stars.

'I feel for the young man because not only was he working hard on the court, but he is such a good person who is so well-liked by his team,' said Arizona State head coach Rob Evans. 'He had a great summer both academically and on the court, and people who saw him in practice knew how special he could have been this year. We expect to redshirt him and if all goes well we expect to have the same player back in the spring. This is a real tough setback for our team but he is young and has a great career ahead of him.'

Arizona State reserve swingman Kenny Crandall also is still recovering from a broken fibula suffered last April. Crandall has been limited in practice but did see action against EA Sports.

Arizona State tips its season on Friday, Nov. 22, at 5:30 p.m. against Morehead State. It then plays 17th-ranked Kentucky on Monday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. (Arizona time) on ESPN.

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