Cronin to Miss Remainder of Season Following Surgery

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's basketball coach John Beilein announced today (Tuesday, Dec. 23) that freshman center Ben Cronin(Syracuse, N.Y./Henninger HS) will miss the remainder of the 2008-09 season following surgery on his left hip.

The surgery, performed by Dr. Jon K. Sekiya, is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Cronin will be out five to six months during recovery and rehabilitation.

"After discussing Ben's condition with his family and the U-M medical staff we have decided surgery is the appropriate action," said Beilein. "Even though it is a setback, Ben has been fantastic with his attitude and his determination to get healthy as soon as he is able to rejoin the team."

"It is a disappointment that I will not be able to practice and help this team get better, but I know this surgery is the best option for me right now," said Cronin. "I am excited to get healthy and put this hip issue behind me. I am going to take it slow, but I know I will be working as hard as I can over the next five to six months to be ready for next season."

Cronin is one of four newcomers to the Wolverines this season after he averaged 12.6 points, 11.7 rebounds and 7.2 blocks per game at Henninger High School. After missing most of the preseason with the hip injury, Cronin has seen limited action this season playing in just two games. He picked up eight points and five boards in his two appearances.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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