EVANSVILLE,IN(WFIE)-University of Evansville basketball player Kavon Lacey will undergo surgery on his left knee May 7, Head Coach Marty Simmons announced today.
Lacey suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and damaged medial meniscus during a practice session April 7. The surgery will be performed by UE team physician Dr. Andrew Saltzman, who estimates a four- to six-month rehabilitation period for Lacey. The one-month period between the injury to the knee and surgery is common because doctors wait for swelling to reduce prior to surgery. In Lacey's case, he also suffered a stretched lateral collateral ligament (LCL) that required time to heal prior to surgery on the ACL.
The 6'1" sophomore is the Purple Aces' most experienced returning guard, and was fifth on the team in minutes played in 2008-09. He averaged 4.2 points and was third on the team with 60 assists. Lacey played in all 31 games, and started in four early in the year before becoming the Aces' first guard off the bench. As a freshman in 2007-08, he played in all 30 games, with 17 starts, and averaged 4.0 points.