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USC point guard Jio Fontan out for season

The senior will undergo season-ending ACL surgery

USC senior point guard Jio Fontan will miss the entire 2011-2012 season after tearing his left ACL during an exhibition game in Brazil. Trojan coach Kevin O'Neill said today that Fontan will undergo the season-ending surgery in the next few days.

Fontan landed awkwardly after taking a hit while driving to the basket late in the first half of the Trojans exhibition game Tuesday.

"I couldn't feel worse for any player I've coached in my career," said O'Neill. "Jio is the heart and soul of our team and had become a high-level player. His loss is a huge blow to our team."

Fontan transfered to USC midway through last season, and still managed to lead the team in assists and be the Trojans number-two scorer. He was to be the teams captain and only returning returning starter this year. He averaged 10.5 points and nearly 4 assists per-game with the Trojans last year.

"Our team is determined to move forward and do what we've done the past two years, which is fight like Trojans and have a great season," said O'Neill.

The coach said he expects true-freshman Alexis Moore - out of Long Beach Ploy - to step into the starting point guard spot.

Fontan will apply for a medical reshirt and a fifth year of eligibility, and plans on returning for a fifth year next season.

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