Bad news for the tournament hopes of the Cal Bears, who not only lost Leon Powe to the NBA, but now have lost DeVon Hardin to injury.
The Cal release:
California junior center DeVon Hardin suffered a stress fracture in his left mid-foot vs. Furman on Tuesday, an injury that is expected to keep him out of action for 8-12 weeks.
Hardin, who hurt his foot late in the first half against the Paladins and is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday, was averaging 10.7 ppg and 8.4 rpg as the Golden Bears' starting center this season, helping the team to an 8-3 record. He also paces the Bears with 21 blocks and is shooting 49.4 percent from the floor and 80.0 percent from the free throw line.
"DeVon has made major strides in our program and has improved in all aspects of his game," head coach Ben Braun said. "This is certainly a blow to our team, losing a three-year starter who is basically averaging a double-double. I feel bad for DeVon. He worked hard to recover from shoulder surgery during the offseason, and he has been an integral part of our early season success. Our players understand the challenge ahead."
Hardin, who had left shoulder surgery last April, is the second Cal post player to be sidelined this season. Sophomore center Jordan Wilkes partially tore the patella tendon in his left knee in practice in November and underwent season-ending surgery Nov. 21.
Hardin was named to the all-tournament at the Great Alaska Shootout in November after scoring a season-high 16 points in the championship game victory over Loyola Marymount. He grabbed a best of 12 rebounds vs. Kansas State and had a high of five blocks against Santa Clara.
Hardin's loss leaves the Bears with just nine healthy scholarship players. In addition, sophomore guard Nikola Knezevic continues to rehabilitate from offseason knee surgery and has yet to play this year.