Following shoulder surgery earlier this month, Michigan State freshman Kenny Kaminski is expected to redshirt this upcoming season.
Kaminski had surgery on his shoulder back on Sept. 7 to repair a torn labrum, an injury that has bugged him for some time now. The 6-foot-8 forward missed time last season at the high school level due to problems with the same shoulder.
The expected recovery time from the surgery is 4-6 months and given the timing of his recent procedure, head coach Tom Izzo said that the plan is to redshirt Kaminski for his freshman year.
The loss of Kaminski, a top-100 prospect, limits the Spartans’ depth and rotation. However, sophomore forward Branden Dawson is recovering well from a torn ACL that sidelined him last spring. Dawson had surgery last March, but is expected to be ready for the season. Michigan State is looking to replace do-it-all forward Draymond Green in 2012-13.
Kaminski, on the other hand, is part of a four-man freshman recruiting class that Izzo did a great job in grouping together. In addition to Kaminski, Gary Harris, Denzel Valentine and Matt Costello are all on campus this season and expected to find role as instant contributors.
Michigan State is once again expected to be in the hunt for the Big Ten crown this year following a season in which the Spartans were a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Michigan State was upset by Louisville, however, in the Sweet 16 last March.
Kaminski is an Ohio native and, despite the expected loss of his freshman season, should still have a bright future ahead of him in East Lansing.
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