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Chris Walcott to Have Knee Surgery on Thursday, Out 2-3 Weeks
Release: 01/26/2000
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Jan. 26, 2000

SEATTLE - Washington senior Chris Walcott will undergo arthroscopic surgery Thursday on his left knee and will be sidelined up to three weeks, men's basketball coach Bob Bender announced Wednesday.

The surgical procedure will remove loose fragments and clean up the area around his knee joint. Walcott will miss anywhere from three to seven games, beginning Thursday with Washington's (6-12, 1-5) match-up against second-ranked Stanford (15-1, 4-1) in California.

The 6-foot-9 forward has been hampered by a sore knee all season. He missed only one game, a Dec. 30 contest at New Mexico State, after which it was determined he had a bone bruise in his left knee. Walcott played seven subsequent games, but has been extremely limited due to pain and the knee locking up on occasion.

"Whatever is in my knee started floating on Sunday and since then I haven't really been able to walk," Walcott explained. "After the surgery, I'll be back quick and able to play. The one thing that I'm excited for is to be back closer to 100 percent and be able to do something to help us win. The way I was playing, I was limited and wasn't really helping the team."

Walcott played 17 games with 13 starts for the Huskies, averaging 9.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. He is the team's top field goal shooter (.479) and leads the team in 3-point shooting (.458).

"Obviously, we're disappointed that he's going to have to miss some games in his senior year, but it's the best thing for him," said Bender. "It also gives us a much better chance of winning to have him effective in however many games he comes back for. Regardless of timing, the most important issue here is the health of Chris' knee and taking care of the problem that has affected him for some time."

In Walcott's absence, 6-11 sophomore David Dixon will be inserted into the starting lineup. Dixon has played in 11 games and is coming off a season-high 12-point performance against Oregon State on Sunday.

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