USC's Cunningham Has Torn Left ACL

Nov. 23, 2009

USC redshirt junior forward Kasey Cunningham had an MRI on his left knee today (Nov. 23) at USC Hospital which revealed a torn ACL and medial meniscus tear. He will consult with the doctor tomorrow, but is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

'It is very unfortunate for Kasey and his family,' said USC men's basketball coach Kevin O'Neill. 'It's a real blow to our team. We wish him the best with his probable surgery and rehab and want him to remain very much a part of our team.'

Cunningham started both of USC's first two games and averaged 5.0 points and 4.0 rebounds while playing a total of 43 minutes. He also leads USC with three steals. He suffered the injury getting an offensive rebound in the game vs. Loyola Marymount on Nov. 21 and left the game with eight points, five rebounds and three steals. USC led 46-36 at the time of Cunningham's injury, but eventually lost the game, 67-59.

Cunningham has already had three surgeries on his left knee, the last coming Nov. 26, 2008. He has played a total of 15 games (5 starts) since his arrival at USC for the 2006-07 season. Cunningham suffered his first left ACL tear during his senior season at Cibola HS in Albuquerque, N.M. and redshirted for USC during the 2006-07 season. Cunningham played in 9 games (3 starts) during the 2007-08 season before suffering a season-ending ACL injury to his left knee in practice on Dec. 12, 2007. His 2008-09 season was cut short after four games when he tore the left ACL in a game vs. Missouri at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan, PR on Nov. 23, 2008.

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