Leon Powe Undergoes Knee Surgery

April 21, 2004

BERKELEY - University of California forward Leon Powe underwent surgery on his left knee Wednesday, and the reigning Pac-10 Freshman of the Year is expected to be out of action until the start of the Pac-10 season in late December.

Powe's surgery, a bone graft that was the first part of a two-step procedure, was performed by Dr. Richard Steadman at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colo. After the graft heals in approximately 8-12 weeks, Powe will undergo reconstructive surgery on the knee, followed by about six months of rehabilitation.

As part of a normal postseason physical, it was determined that Powe would need a special procedure to strengthen his knee. Powe then consulted several specialists and underwent a series of tests to determine the best course of action for its long-term benefit.

Powe initially had reconstructive surgery on his knee in the spring of 2002 after he sustained an injury following his junior season at Oakland Tech High School. Powe returned to the court for his senior year and earned McDonald's and first team Parade magazine All-America honors. As a freshman at Cal 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, playing in 27 of Cal's 28 games.

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