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Oct. 3, 2001

CHARLOTTESVILLE – University of Virginia point guard Majestic Mapp will undergo surgery on his right knee later this month and miss the Cavaliers’ 2001-02 season. Mapp also missed last season because of the injured knee.

The 6-2 guard from Harlem, N.Y., tore the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee while playing basketball at St. Raymond’s High School, his alma mater, in early August of 2000. Surgery was performed later that month and he has since had two additional procedures on the knee.

Mapp played in all 31 games for Virginia as a freshman during the 1999-2000 season and started two. He averaged 5.3 points and 18.7 minutes of playing time a game, and was second on the team in assists with 69.

“Majestic Mapp is a fine young man and a terrific player,” Virginia head coach Pete Gillen said. “There was some uncertainty as to Majestic’s status for this season. He made the decision to have the operation now so he would have time to rehabilitate before next season. Hopefully he’ll be ready to play next summer and set to go for the 2002-03 season.

“We feel very bad for Majestic and are hopeful he’ll be ready to go next season. This is a setback for our basketball team, but we’re more concerned about Majestic and what’s best for him.”

Roger Mason, Jr.,, Keith Jenifer and Jermaine Harper are the players likely to see action at point guard for Virginia during the 2001-02 season. Mason, a junior from Silver Spring, Md., started at second guard for the Cavaliers last season and was the backup to Donald Hand at point guard. Jenifer (Baltimore, Md.) and Harper (Gardena, Calif.) are freshmen.

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