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BOULDER - University of Colorado sophomore forward/center Shane Harris-Tunks will miss the 2010-2011 men's basketball season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee, announced Friday morning by head coach Tad Boyle.

Harris-Tunks, a 6'11", 250-pound center was to be a key ingredient down low in the paint with the Buffaloes this season, injured his left knee during the first half hour of Thursday practice.

"I am extremely disappointed for Shane," Boyle said after Friday morning practice. "He has worked so hard putting himself in position to be a positive contributor on this team. He gained 25 pounds in the offseason and without a doubt was the team's best ball-screen defender. On the bright side, Shane has three years remaining.  He will learn from the bench and continue to develop from the sideline."

Harris-Tunks from Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia, averaged 1.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 11.7 minutes per game as a true freshman last year.  However, added 25 pounds of muscle to his 6-foot-11 frame over the spring and summer.

Harris-Tunks played in 28 games with three starts a year ago leading CU in blocked shots (14) and finished eighth among all Big 12 Conference players in freshman blocks. He became only the fifth CU freshman to lead the team in blocks for a season and shot a team-best 61.1 percent from the field.

"This stuff happens, it's sports," Harris-Tunks said. "The good thing is, I have three years remaining and it's an opportunity to get better and keep moving forward."

The Buffaloes open the 2010-11 season against Idaho State, Friday, Nov. 12 at the Coors Events Center. It's the second of two home openers on the night as the CU women also open the season against Regis (Colo.). The women's game begins at 5:30 p.m., with the men following at 8 p.m. Both games will be televised on FSN Rocky Mountain.