Longhorns lose Ward for season

November 26, 2009

Texas guard Varez Ward will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured quadriceps tendon in his right leg.

Team trainer Eric Fry says Ward will have surgery next week.

Ward started the first three games for No. 3 Texas (4-0) before injuring himself in warm-ups before Tuesday night's win over Pittsburgh. He averaged 6.7 points and three rebounds and led the team with seven steals.

•UCLA reinstated Nikola Dragovic after the Serbian forward's two-game suspension for his arrest in an assault case.

Coach Ben Howland cleared the 21-year-old senior to practice with the Bruins and said he'll play in Thursday's 76 Classic opener in Anaheim against Portland.

•Four players, including 7-foot, 267-pound center Fabricio de Melo, signed national letters of intent to play for Syracuse next season.

C.J. Fair, Baye Moussa Keita, and Dion Waiters also signed, coach Jim Boeheim announced.

De Melo, a native of Brazil, is attending Sagemont (Fla.) High School and is ranked fifth overall and second among centers in the Class of 2010 by Rivals.com. Fair, a Baltimore product who attends Brewster Academy (N.H.), is a 6-8 forward. He earned all-metro honors as a sophomore, averaging 20.3 points and six rebounds.

Keita, a 6-10 native of Senegal, is enrolled at Oak Hill Academy (Va.) and rated the 19th-best center by Scout.com.

Waiters, a 6-3 guard at Life Center Academy (N.J.), is ranked 18th overall and fifth among shooting guards by Scout.com.

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