Thursday, January 19, 2012
Basketball: Forward Fuller done for the season
By Pedro Moura
USC forward Aaron Fuller, the team's top rebounder and second-leading scorer, is done for the 2011-2012 season, he confirmed in a text message to ESPNLosAngeles.com Thursday morning.
Fuller, a junior, will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery next week to repair a torn labrum in his left (shooting) shoulder and is sitting out until then. He made the trip north this weekend for the Trojans' games at Oregon and Oregon State but will not dress and will sit on the bench.
He averaged 10.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in 18 games this season, his first with the Trojans after he transferred from Iowa in the summer of 2010. One of his best games for USC came in the December home loss to Kansas. Fuller scored in double-digits nine times, including six straight to start the season.
USC coach Kevin O'Neill couldn't say earlier this week whether or not Fuller would be available for the Oregon games. But the Trojans' third-year coach has said for quite some time that Fuller was battling serious injuries to his shoulders -- both the torn labrum in his left and a similar injury in his right.
He had not practiced of late and couldn't play in the second half of a home loss to Arizona earlier this month because of overwhelming pain. In a text message, Fuller said his surgery is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 26.
USC plays at Oregon at 5:30 p.m. PT Thursday.