Tennessee Freshman Derek Reese to Miss Six Months After Shoulder Surgery

By Paul Seaver

Tennessee announced on Tuesday night that freshman guard Derek Reese would miss the next six months following shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Tennessee’s associate director of sports medicine, Chad Newman, said that Reese had the procedure earlier on Tuesday.

Reese, who came to UT by way of Olympia H.S. (Fla.), stands at 6’7″ and during his recruitment, he received a number of mid-major offers. Reese chose the Vols last last August and had been enrolled at the school since the start of the second summer session.

Reese traveled with the squad on Tennessee’s recent trip abroad to Italy, but did not dress for any of the four games as he nursed the injury.

Given the timing of the procedure and his recovery, Reese very well faces the possibility of red-shirting this season. The six months worth of recovery time is obviously loosely projected since the procedure took place yesterday. However, that would mean that Reese could return in February in the best-case scenario, which could lead to head coach Cuonzo Martin red-shirting him.

Reese ran with the Q6 All Stars on the AAU circuit during his time at the high school level and is one of of only two true freshmen listed on the Volunteers’ roster for the 2012-13 season.

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