Tennessee senior wing J.P. Prince will undergo shoulder surgery later this week, according to a source close to the men’s basketball program.
Prince is expected to recover from the surgical procedure to “tighten up’’ his right shoulder in time for the start of individual workouts in August, the source said.
It’s the second year in a row Prince has had shoulder surgery — last year, it was his left shoulder.
Prince is coming off his most productive season with the Vols. He averaged 10.1 points per game while dishing out 95 assists and while committing 64 turnovers.
Prince started 22 of 30 games last season, as he was not 100 percent at the start of the season.
He recorded career highs in several categories last season, including points (20 vs. South Carolina), rebounds (10 vs. Alabama), assists (nine vs. Florida), blocks (three vs. Vanderbilt), steals (three vs. Alabama), minutes (34 vs. Vanderbilt), and made free throws (eight vs. Auburn).
Prince is not expected to shoulder as much of the point guard duties in the half-court next season with the addition of junior college standout Melvin Goins.
The senior from Memphis has been going through all off-season conditioning workouts in an effort to build strength leading up to the surgery to help in the recovery time.
Prince is left-handed, so this year’s offseason surgery should not affect his shot as much as last year’s surgery did.