Ryan Hollins Has Successful Arthroscopic Right Knee Surgery

July 20, 2004

UCLA junior-to-be center Ryan Hollins on Tuesday had successful arthroscopic right knee surgery, performed by Bruin team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman, at the UCLA Medical Center.

The diagnostic 90-minute procedure removed two loose bodies (cartilage) and showed the joint and ligaments, healthy and intact. Hollins will be on crutches for less than a week, will immediately begin rehabilitation and is looking at approximately four-to-six weeks for a full recovery.

'The surgery was highly successful with good results,' Bruin head coach Ben Howland said. 'For several weeks, his right knee was going through periods of pain and swelling, so it was good to check it out now. I anticipate a full recovery and for Ryan to be ready and 100% for the start of practice (Oct. 16).'

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 in 2003-04, 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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