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Season likely over for LSU's Mitchell due to surgery

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU junior forward Tasmin Mitchell will
undergo surgery later this week after X-rays on Monday determined a
stress fracture in his left ankle, coach John Brady said.

"I'm kind of nervous," Mitchell said after learning of the
diagnosis. "I've never had surgery. But this is the best decision,
to go ahead with the surgery and there is a good chance I will
probably not be back this season. This is the best thing for the
doctors to do. They will put a couple of screws in and close it up
real fast."

The surgery is tentatively scheduled for Thursday.

Mitchell started the first three games of the season, but was
able to go only six minutes in the first game at the EA Sports Maui
Invitational before going to the bench.

"We are glad to now know the situation and that it will be a
six-to-eight week ordeal," Brady said after practice in
preparation for Wednesday's game against Nicholls State.

"I feel bad for our team and I feel bad for Tasmin. We all know
how hard he worked and he had gotten himself into the best shape of
his career. We just have to control the things with this team that
we can control. Tasmin was so important to what we had planned to
do. That's 15-to-16 points and eight or nine rebounds a game that
we've got to pick up somewhere else."

If Mitchell is unable to return this season, Brady said there
should be no issue preventing him from getting a medical redshirt
and returning to the team for the 2008-09 season with two years of
eligibility remaining.

For the three games, Mitchell played 66 minutes and scored 22
points with 17 rebounds. Last season he averaged 14.5 points and
11.4 points in the 2006 NCAA Final Four campaign, earning freshman
All-SEC honors.