Knee surgery sidelines Smith until fall

Ball State forward Theron Smith underwent reconstructive surgery Friday to repair a torn anterior-cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Smith suffered the tear in a workout with the Toronto Raptors two weeks ago.

The tear was isolated, and the coaching staff and trainers expect him back by the start of basketball practice in the fall.

Smith will go into this basketball season seventh in career scoring at Ball State with 1,553 points and fourth in rebounding with 862.

Smith and the Cardinals finished last season 23-12 overall with a 12-6 record in the Mid-American Conference. The Cards went to the elite eight of the National Invitation Tournament.

Smith said one of his goals for the upcoming year was to get a berth into the NCAA tournament.