Drew Gordon to Undergo Knee Surgery

        New Mexico forward Drew Gordon is schedule to undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee this week, but isn't expected to miss any games since he is sitting out the first semester after transferring from UCLA last year anyway.

        Coach Steve Alford announced that the surgery will sideline the 6'9" junior for a month or so, but that's valuable time when Gordon could be on the court. Alford will have to replace the Mountain West's Player of the Year in Darington Hobson and four-year forward Ramon Martinez, so the chemistry that is developed now between Gordon and his teammates, especially point guard Dairese Gary would have paid huge dividends down the road. With the Lobos incoming talent (Gordon, Tennessee transfer Emmanuel Negedu and freshman Kendall Williams), New Mexico was expected to stay in the upper echelon of the MWC, but if Gordon can't get healthy, struggles to pick up the offense or suffers with his conditioning as a result of his knee surgery, Alford's squad could drop down the ladder in a top-loaded conference.

By Corey Ruff - 10-24-10