USC sophomore forward Evan Smith underwent season-ending surgery on his problematic left shoulder last week, the school announced Monday.
Smith, the only scholarship sophomore for the Trojans, was limited by an injury to the same shoulder for much of last season but chose not to have surgery over the offseason. He did not play in a game this season. In eight games a freshman, he averaged 1.9 points and 1.1 rebounds. His last appearance in a game for USC came on Dec. 11, 2009.
After USC's season-opening win over UC Irvine in November, Trojans coach Kevin O'Neill announced Smith would be out for an "undisclosed" amount of time. The sophomore forward did not participate in practices after that time, although he did accompany the team on road trips to Massachusetts, Nebraska, Texas, Kansas and Tennessee.
He is expected to make a full recovery for the 2011-2012 season.