Friday, October 24, 2008

SPINAL SURGERY SIDELINES GEORGIA TECH HOOP’S CAPTAIN

According to AP, Georgia Tech senior guard and team captain D'Andre Bell will have season-ending surgery to correct a spinal condition, but he said Wednesday he still hopes to complete his college career in the 2009-10 season.

Bell, who started 22 games last season, was diagnosed with a congenital condition known as spinal stenosis.

Bell felt numbness in his extremities after he hit his head on a teammate's leg while diving for a ball during a workout on Oct. 10. The stenosis, a narrowing and compression of the spinal cord, is located in the cervical portion of Bell's spine.

Bell said he was told he has a chance to play next season, and he'll be able to begin his rehab program six to eight weeks after the surgery.

The 6-foot-6 Bell, who averaged 6.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game last season, was recently touted by Hewitt as one of the team's leaders and is regarded as the team's top defensive player.

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