Sylvester Recovering After Back Surgery

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State swingman Matt Sylvester, who sat out his freshman season with back and calf injuries, is doing well following back surgery Wednesday at the Ohio State University Medical Center.

The surgery was performed to relieve pain from a herniated disc diagnosed in December 2001. Sylvester had responded well to conservative treatment but had a recurrence of symptoms in July.

The 6-foot-7, 190-pound Sylvester appeared in three games last year before lower back pain and a calf injury forced him to miss the final 29 games. Ohio State has applied for a medical redshirt season for Sylvester, who will still have four years of eligibility should the application be granted by the NCAA.

As a senior at Cincinnati Moeller, Sylvester averaged 21.3 points, 8.0 rebounds.

"This is not season ending," Ohio State coach Jim O'Brien said. "Matt will be unable to work out or practice for the next 12 weeks but we fully expect him to contribute to our team this year."

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