Cedric Bozeman ACL Repair Successful

Nov. 10, 2004

UCLA senior Cedric Bozeman on Wednesday at the UCLA/Santa Monica Hospital underwent a successful two-and-one-half-hour arthroscopic procedure to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that was injured during practice on Thursday (Nov. 4). Bruin team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman performed the surgery.

'After talking to Dr. Finerman and our trainer Tony Spino, I understand it went quite well,' Bruin head coach Ben Howland said. 'The ligament was repaired with a graft from Cedric's patella tendon. He should be able to go home sometime tomorrow.'

Bozeman, a 6-6, 207-pounder from Santa Ana (Mater Dei HS), was injured during practice on Thursday afternoon (Nov. 4). He stepped on a teammate's ankle and fell to the floor on his left ankle and right knee. Tests were performed late Thursday and results became available on Friday. X-rays of his left ankle were negative, but an MRI on his right knee revealed the torn ACL. Recovery from this type of injury is generally in the eight month range.

Since he has never redshirted, Bozeman said he wants to return to the Bruins for the 2005-06 season.

As a junior co-captain last season, his first injury free campaign of his Bruin career, Bozeman was the only UCLA player to start every game (28), led the Pac-10 in assists (5.54) and led the Bruins in minutes (33.7). In his three-year Bruin career, Bozeman has appeared in 75 games (66 starts), and averaged 27.9 minutes, 6.2 points and 4.2 assists.

In 2002-03 as a sophomore, Bozeman missed the final eight games with a right shoulder injury (had surgery to correct a stability problem) and as a true freshman in 2001-02, he missed seven early season games and four additional starts, because of a right knee cartilage tear that also required surgery.