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Cal's Kameron Rooks has surgery to repair torn ACL

Southern California 's Nikola Jovanovic, front, of Serbia, fights for position with California's Kameron Rooks during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Photo: Jae C. Hong

Southern California 's Nikola Jovanovic, front, of Serbia, fights for position with California's Kameron Rooks during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California sophomore center Kameron Rooks is likely out for all of next season after having surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Golden Bears coach Cuonzo Martin said in a statement Thursday that the injury is ''very unfortunate.'' He says it's difficult to predict when Rooks will return, though typical recovery time can take up to a year.

The 7-foot Rooks averaged 1.6 rebounds and 1.3 points in seven minutes as a freshman. He played in all but two of Cal's first 28 games before missing the final seven contests with a stress reaction in his left foot.

Martin says Rooks will start his rehabilitation program immediately.

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