Friday , Apr , 15 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Villanova’s Sumpter has successful knee surgery

Villanova, PA (Sports Network) – Villanova forward Curtis Sumpter underwent
successful surgery on Friday to have a torn anterior cruciate ligament
repaired in his left knee.

Sumpter was hurt during the second round of the NCAA Tournament in a 76-65
victory over Florida on March 20.

“The surgery on Curtis’ knee went as planned,” said Villanova orthopedic
surgeon Dr. Rob Good in a statement. “Everything looked solid at the
conclusion of the surgery. There will be a significant amount of
rehabilitation for Curtis this summer.”

Sumpter is expected to begin rehab on Monday and will wear a brace on the knee
for the next four weeks.

“I’m very happy for Curtis that the surgery went well,” said Villanova head
coach Jay Wright. “We have great confidence in Dr. Good and in Curtis’ work
ethic. I know Curtis is very eager to begin the recovery process.”

Sumpter suffered the injury in the first half of the game against Florida. He
fell to the floor under the basket midway through the first half and was
helped from the court, but briefly returned to action before falling to the
floor again with just over eight minutes left in the first half.

The junior from Brooklyn, New York averaged 15.3 points and 7.2 rebounds for
the Wildcats last season, helping Villanova to a 24-8 mark. He was a second-
team All-Big East selection.