University of Miami senior Julian Gamble tore the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in his left leg and will likely miss the entire 2011-12 men's basketball season. A team leader, Gamble started 13 games in 2010-11 and averaged 3.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game.
Here is a video interview with Gamble after last year's big come from behind win over Virginia in the ACC tourney:
"We feel awful for Julian Gamble," said UM head coach Jim Larranaga. "Tearing your ACL is a devastating injury at any time in your career, but particularly in your fifth year of eligibility."
"Julian is a bright, hard working and competitive athlete. We will do everything we can to support him in his efforts to rehabilitate this injury. We know he will also be there supporting his teammates, becuase that is just the kind of person he is."
His fellow big-man Reggie Johnson underwent surgery on June 30 to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Johnson was expected to be sidelined for 5-6 months from the date of the surgery.
The 6-10, 305-pound center from Winston-Salem, N.C., tested the waters of the NBA Draft last spring and elected to return to the Hurricanes for his junior season in 2011-12. As a sophomore in 2011, Johnson was Miami's leading rebounder and third-leading scorer, nearly averaging a double-double with 11.9 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.
The Canes now have two post players injured as the college hoop season quickly approaches. UM will rely heavily on redshirt-sophomore center Kenny Kadji, who will be eligible to play this season after transferring from the University of Florida.
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