Men's Hoop Squad Loses Mike Jensen for the Season

Dec. 4, 2001

SEATTLE - University of Washington freshman forward Mike Jensen, who dislocated his left shoulder yesterday, will have surgery on Dec. 10 and miss the remainder of the 2001-02 men's basketball season, Coach Bob Bender announced Tuesday.

Jensen was injured during practice Monday and went to a shoulder specialist Tuesday afternoon. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test revealed a torn labrum, requiring him to have surgery. Jensen had the option of undergoing surgery immediately or attempting to continue playing and put the surgery off until after the season.

The coaching staff met Tuesday evening with Jensen and his parents, Scott and Nancy, who decided that Mike should have surgery as soon as possible.

'Mike will have surgery on Monday so he can begin rehabilitating his shoulder right away. Having him continue to play is not worth the risk of re-injuring his shoulder or having it pop out again,' said Bender. 'Having surgery right now is in Mike's best interest and really, there was no other option.'

Jensen participated in five of the first six games for the Huskies whose 5-1 record marks their best start since the 1997-98 season. He is likely to be granted a medical red-shirt season after the UW coaching and medical staffs request one from the NCAA.

He is the second Husky big man to suffer a season-ending injury. Senior center Marlon Shelton is sidelined for the season after undergoing surgery on Oct. 16 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

'We will need for other people to step up in a lot of different ways,' Bender remarked. 'We'll make adjustments and may need to have players accept different roles, like taking on added rebounding and defensive assignments. The most important thing is for Mike to get healthy.'

Jensen, a 6-foot-9 power forward, was averaging 2.0 points and 1.8 rebounds in just over eight minutes per game. He tallied his season-high total of six points in his collegiate debut against Bowling Green on Nov. 17.

A product of Kentwood (Wash.) High School, Jensen was rated the No. 1 power forward in the West last year by Pac-West Hoops. He was the nation's 66th-ranked prep prospect by The Sporting News and was one of 100 national finalists for the 2001 McDonald's All-American Game.

Jensen will remain in Seattle while his teammates embark on a two-game road trip that begins on Thursday at Texas-El Paso. Washington visits New Mexico State on Saturday before returning home to host Gonzaga on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

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