Leon Powe Receives Medical Clearance on Knee

May 26, 2005

BERKELEY - University of California forward Leon Powe, who underwent reconstructive surgery on his left knee last September, has received full medical clearance to begin playing, Golden Bear head coach Ben Braun announced today.

The 2004 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and a member of the 2004 All-Pac-10 team, Powe redshirted during the 2004-05 season while he rehabilitated his knee. He will be a sophomore during the upcoming campaign.

'I am extremely pleased that Leon has been cleared to play,' Braun said. 'He has been very patient throughout this process and has persevered so strongly to be ready to play. He deserves to be healthy again.'

Powe will not need to use a brace and will wear a sleeve over his knee the next few weeks. Braun added that Powe will travel and play with the team during its exhibition tour in Italy Aug. 12-23 that will take the Bears to Florence, Venice and Como.

'I can't even describe how I'm feeling right now - I'm too happy,' Powe said. 'It's been a long time, and I'm happy I'm back. I'd also like to thank everybody who has worked with me during the year to help get me ready.'

Powe's surgery, which occurred Sept. 8 and was performed by Dr. Richard Steadman at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colo., was the second part of a two-step procedure that began with an initial operation April 21.

As a freshman in 2003-04, Powe led the Bears in scoring with 15.1 ppg, and he topped the Pac-10 in rebounding with 9.5 rpg - becoming the first freshman in the history of the conference to pace the league in rebounding.

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