Former Indiana forward and Charlotte Hornets rookie Noah Vonleh will be playing catch-up to start his NBA career.
Last season’s Big Ten freshman of the year will miss 6 to 8 weeks after surgery on Tuesday to repair a sports hernia suffered in a recent workout.
The procedure was performed in Charlotte by Dr. B. Todd Henneford according to a press release issued by the team.
The Hornets open training camp on Sept. 30 and play their first preseason game on Oct. 8 in Philadelphia. The season opener for Charlotte is on Oct. 29 at Time Warner Arena against Milwaukee.
Vonleh, the ninth pick in last June’s NBA draft and the third lottery pick for Indiana in the last two seasons, averaged 9.1 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.1 blocks in 27 minutes per game in the Las Vegas summer league.
According to The Charlotte Observer, Hornets coach Steve Clifford has stated that Vonleh is expected to have a limited role as a rookie.
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