UAB's Ransom Sidelined by Knee Injury

August 17, 2000

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- UAB forward Myron Ransom suffered torn ligaments in his right knee while playing basketball Tuesday evening and now faces surgery and rehabilitation in an effort to be ready for his senior season with the Blazers.

Ransom, a rising senior from Birmingham's West End High School, tore both the anterior cruciate ligament and the lateral meniscus while playing a pickup game with teammates at Bartow Arena. He is tentatively scheduled for surgery on Monday morning.

"Obviously it's an unfortunate situation any time a player has an injury like this," said UAB Head Coach Murry Bartow.

"Myron is a very tough guy and has come back from injuries before, so we feel optimistic that he will be able to work through this one. We feel that if everything goes well, he could be ready to play again by the time we start the conference season in January."

Ransom started 22 of the 28 games he played in last season, and was the Blazers' second-leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 11.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. He also led the team in steals with 42.