OU forward has successful surgery on shoulder

Friday, February 6th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ Oklahoma forward Kevin Bookout on Thursday underwent successful season-ending surgery on his right shoulder.

Bookout, a preseason Wooden Award candidate, ended his season two weeks ago after deciding to have the surgery. He severely sprained his shoulder during a practice in October and had been hampered all season.

The two-hour surgery was performed in Oklahoma City by team physicians Brock Schnebel and Don McGinnis. The shoulder reconstruction is supposed to correct instability in Bookout's right shoulder joint.

Rehabilitation is expected to take at least three months.

The 6-foot-8, 265-pound Bookout had been averaging 7.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and one blocked shot in 25.6 minutes a game, the second-most on the team.

Bookout, an All-American in the shot put as a freshman, will redshirt for the 2004 outdoor track season. He will have two seasons of basketball eligibility remaining and three in track.