Ryan Hollins To Have Arthroscopic Right Knee Procedure Tuesday

July 19, 2004

Junior-to-be UCLA center Ryan Hollins, who last season started 12 of UCLA's final 13 games, will undergo diagnostic arthroscopic right knee surgery on Tuesday afternoon at the UCLA Medical Center. Bruin team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman will perform the procedure.

According to Bruin head coach Ben Howland, Hollins' right knee has been giving him trouble since June. 'After weeks of rest and rehabilitation, Ryan tested the knee last week and the swelling returned. We feel it's best to take care of this now, to increase his chances of being 100% and ready for the start of practice in October. '

The injury kept Hollins from attending trials for a roster spot on the 2004 USA Basketball World Championship for Young Men qualifying team, held July 16-18 at East Rutherford, NJ. A 7-0, 225-pounder from Pasadena Muir HS, Hollins was a member of the 2003 USA Junior World team.

He has been the Bruins' starting center the last two seasons. In 2004, he led UCLA in blocked shots (1.0, No. 8 in the Pac-10), averaged 4.3 rebounds (tied for No. 3 on the team and is also tied (with Dijon Thompson) as the leading returning rebounder entering 2004-05) and had the third-highest FG% (54.7, 64-117). Hollins started 16 of 28 games, including 13 of the last 15 contests, and averaged 25.4 minutes and 6.5 points. Last season, he scored a career-high 21 points vs. USC (1/28) and added a season-high nine rebounds vs. Loyola Marymount (12/13).

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