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MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) _ Theron Smith, the nation's seventh-leading rebounder last season for Ball State, will have surgery Friday for a torn ligament in his right knee.

Smith, who averaged 19.6 points and 10.6 rebounds a game for the Cardinals last season, tore his anterior cruciate ligament during a workout in the last week, the school said Thursday.

Coach Tim Buckley said he expected Smith to be back with the team by the start of practice in October.

Smith had made himself eligible for this month's NBA draft, but withdrew his name on Monday to return to Ball State for his senior season.

Smith was the star of the Ball State team that opened last season with upset victories over Kansas and UCLA in the Maui Invitational and ended with a 23-12 record.