Thursday , Dec , 21 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Cal’s Hardin out 8-12 weeks

Berkeley, CA (Sports Network) – California junior center DeVon Hardin is
expected to miss 8-12 weeks with a stress fracture in his left mid-foot.

Hardin suffered the injury late in the first half of Tuesday’s 84-50 victory
over Furman and is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday. The win improved
the Golden Bears’ record to 8-3.

“DeVon has made major strides in our program and has improved in all aspects
of his game,” said head coach Ben Braun. “This is certainly a blow to our
team, losing a three-year starter who is basically averaging a double-double.
I feel bad for DeVon. He worked hard to recover from shoulder surgery during
the offseason, and he has been an integral part of our early season success.
Our players understand the challenge ahead.”

The 6-foot-11 center, who had left shoulder surgery last April, has averaged
10.7 points and 8.4 rebounds with 21 blocks this season and is shooting 49
percent from the field and 80 percent from the charity stripe.