USC senior guard Jio Fontan will undergo surgery on the torn ACL in his left knee Tuesday, four weeks after he originally suffered the injury during an exhibition game in Brazil, a school spokesman confirmed.
The longer than normal wait time was due to prolonged swelling in the knee.
Fontan, a transfer from Fordham, was expected to lead the Trojans in scoring this season before he suffered the injury on a first-half drive to the basket against Mogi das Cruzes, a Sao Paulo squad in Brazil. He had put up 29 and 28 points in USC's first two games and had eight more before he got hurt.
At the time of the injury, USC coach Kevin O'Neill said it was the second most devastating he'd ever encountered as a basketball coach, calling it a "huge blow to the team."
Freshman point guard Alexis Moore, from Long Beach Poly, will replace Fontan in the starting lineup, joining 5-7 sophomore Maurice Jones in the Trojans' backcourt.
ACL tears require a typical recovery time of at least six to nine months. Fontan will apply for a medical redshirt and should have at least one full year remaining and potentially one more because of his early-season transfer.