Shoulder surgery ends Bruin career

James Keefe, a senior forward for UCLA, will have season-ending shoulder surgery next week.

This latest injury ends a career at UCLA that saw a series of setbacks. It is the same shoulder that Keefe had surgery on in August of 2007.

"I'm very disappointed to be ending my senior year early," Keefe said. "I would have liked to have been able to come back and finish my final season, but as of now, I'm unable to play and my shoulder hasn't improved."

Keefe made 13 starts in the 20 games he played this season, averaging 2.2 points and 2.8 rebounds. He was third on the team with 12 blocked shots.

"I am very disappointed and sad that James Keefe has had to go through all of these issues with his shoulder this year," UCLA coach Ben Howland said. "He has handled it very well and I know he is disappointed that he won't be able to finish his senior year."