UNLV BASKETBALL:

Bellfield undergoes arthroscopic surgery on left knee

Sophomore guard has procedure done to clean out knee, shouldn’t miss extended period of time

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UNLV guard Oscar Bellfield puts up a shot against UNI during a first-round NCAA Tournament game at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City on March 18, 2010. UNI won the game 69-66 on a last-second 3-point shot.

After banging his left knee during the second half of an 88-74 victory over BYU on Feb. 6, UNLV sophomore point guard Oscar Bellfield knew he wouldn't quite feel 100 percent until after the 2009-10 season concluded.

Still, the Los Angeles native toughed it out, finishing the season with averages of 9.3 points and a team-high 4.8 assists per game. His 2.5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio was among the best marks in the Mountain West Conference, and he was the only player to start all 34 Rebel contests this season.

Thursday, he cleared one final obstacle in his path to recovery from what originally was diagnosed as a deep knee bruise, undergoing successful arthroscopic surgery to clean out his left knee.

UNLV coach Lon Kruger confirmed that Bellfield came through without a hitch, as they knew there was potential for surgery if the injury continued to be slow to heal.

The procedure should not keep Bellfield off of the floor for more than a few weeks.

While Bellfield's explosiveness was slow to return after sustaining the injury, his numbers didn't terribly suffer.

In the 11 games he played after the victory over BYU, Bellfield averaged 8.9 points and five assist per game. However, he shot just 36.5 percent from the floor down the stretch after firing away at a 42.6 percent clip in the season's first 23 outings.

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  1. Thanks for battling through the injury, Oscar. Your shot against Northern Iowa was HUGE to tie the game! I know the Rebels didn't pull it out, but that doesn't make that shot any less impressive.

    Get better. U-N-L-V!!!

  2. Oscar will be just fine now after having surgery

  3. Yeah, you could tell he wasnt the same player. Oscar can get to the rim and finish in the lane but his dribble drive game pretty much evaporated after that. It would have been a nice option to have in several key games. If Marshall can improve his jumper as much as Oscar did in one yr....we'll be pretty damn good.

  4. Get well soon Oscar! Has anyone heard how Jasper's knee is coming along? Go Rebels!