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James Keefe opts for surgery

Time for some trivia.

What do Kevin Durant, Brook Lopez, Spencer Hawes and UCLA's James Keefe have in common?

Answer: the four were teammates on the West squad in the 2006 McDonald's All-American Game. Durant, Lopez and Hawes are in the NBA. Keefe, meanwhile, is done at UCLA after opting to have season-ending shoulder surgery.

"I'm very disappointed to be ending my senior year early," Keefe said in a statement released by the school. "I would have liked to have been able to come back and finish my final season, but as of now, I'm unable to play and my shoulder hasn't improved."

Keefe suffered his latest left-shoulder injury in practice last week. He had dislocated the same shoulder in a game earlier this season and had trouble with it in the preseason. Keefe missed the first 12 games of his sophomore season after having surgery in August 2007 to repair a torn labrum. He was supposed to redshirt that season but returned because the team needed depth in the front court.

"I am very disappointed and sad that James Keefe has had to go through all of these issues with his shoulder this year," coach Ben Howland said. "He has handled it very well and I know he is disappointed that he won't be able to finish his senior year."

Howland was hoping Keefe would be available for UCLA's final four regular-season games.

If there is a bright side, it's that freshman Brendan Lane will have an opportunity to gain experience. Little-used center J'mison Morgan, a sophomore, also played considerable minutes in Thursday night's game against Washington State.