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UH basketball center Joaquim out 4 to 6 weeks with MCL tear

By Brian McInnis

LAST UPDATED: 05:40 p.m. HST, Sep 27, 2012

Hawaii senior center Vander Joaquim will miss four to six weeks with a torn MCL, UH coach Gib Arnold said today.

The 6-foot-10 Angolan suffered the injury in a preseason workout when a teammate rolled into his right leg. He got an MRI this morning.

Joaquim could theoretically return in time for UH's regular-season opener on Nov. 9. He does not require surgery, Arnold said, as the injury is not as severe as a torn ACL.

"It's something you just deal with," Arnold said. "It's being part of a team, guys working hard. You've got big bodies down there. It's unfortunate, you never want it to happen."

Joaquim was an All-Western Athletic Conference first-team selection in 2011-12, when he averaged 14.3 points on 56 percent shooting to go with 9.5 rebounds per game.

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