USC basketball: Dewayne Dedmon out for season with knee injury
Dewayne Dedmon, USC's 7-foot NBA prospect, suffered a torn medial collateral ligament during the Trojans' loss to Colorado Thursday and will be sidelined the rest of the season, Coach Kevin O'Neill said.
Dedmon said Thursday night that he did not think the injury was serious, but an MRI exam on Friday confirmed the tear.
"I feel bad for the kid and I feel bad for the rest of the kids," said O'Neill, whose team is in the midst of a nine-game losing streak.
Dedmon is the fifth player to go down with a season-ending injury, joining guard Jio Fontan and forwards Aaron Fuller, Evan Smith and Curtis Washington.
"We're depleted to say the least," O'Neill said.
The Trojans play struggling Utah on Saturday night at the Galen Center.
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[For the record, 12:10 p.m. Jan. 27: A previous version of this post said Dewayne Dedmon suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament.]
-- Gary Klein
Photo: Dewayne Dedmon, left, and Aaron Fuller celebrate a basket against Nebraska on Nov. 14, 2011. Credit: Bret Hartman / Associated Press.