Marlon Shelton to Miss Entire Men's Basketball Season

Oct. 10, 2001

SEATTLE - University of Washington senior center Marlon Shelton re-injured his left knee and will miss the entire 2001-02 men's basketball season, Coach Bob Bender announced Wednesday.

Shelton suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee against USC on March 8 during the second-to-last game of the 2001 season. He had been rehabilitating his knee after undergoing surgery in April.

Shelton re-injured his knee during mid-September and is scheduled for another surgery on Oct. 16 to repair his ACL and medial meniscus.

'Certainly for Marlon, re-injuring his knee is a setback and puts him in a difficult position. He had worked very hard to get himself ready for this season,' said Bender. 'Due to the extent of the injury, the knee needs to be repaired again with another surgery. With this development he will be red-shirted this year. Hopefully this will allow him to gain greater strength by next year.'

A 6-10 product of Rochester (Mich.) High School, Shelton is a three-year letterman at Washington. He led the team with 38 blocked shots last season while averaging 4.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Shelton is planning to return for the 2002-03 season in what would be his fifth year with the program.

He played 29 games last season and started 13 of them. Shelton shared the center position with 6-11 David Dixon, a senior who now enters this season as the projected starter.

'There are two positive things that Marlon can get out of this,' Bender explained. ' One is that with an entire year of rehab, the goal is to get the knee even stronger than it was maybe even before it was hurt last year against USC. The second is that he has an opportunity to get a fifth year and work on a lot of things that he hasn't been able to address to this point in his career.'

The Huskies begin practice for the 2001-02 season on Oct. 13. Their schedule includes two 7 p.m. exhibition games at home, Nov. 2 against the Brisbane Capitals of the Australian professional league, and Nov. 8 against Western Washington.

Washington begins 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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