Monday , Aug , 22 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Nuggets’ top pick has knee surgery

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Denver Nuggets first-round pick Julius Hodge
underwent successful arthroscopic surgery Monday to have a torn lateral
meniscus repaired in his left knee.

The Nuggets said Hodge is expected to be back at full strength in about a
month.

Hodge, a 6-foot-7 swingman, was the 20th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft.
He averaged 17 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists as a senior at North
Carolina State last season and was the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the
Year as a junior.

In six games for the Nuggets’ Summer League team, Hodge averaged 13.3 points
and 5.8 rebounds.

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