Incoming Tennessee freshman Derek Reese might have to wait until the 2013-14 season to show off his feathery jump shot.
Reese, from Orlando, Fla., underwent shoulder surgery at UT Medical Center on Tuesday to repair a torn right labrum, the school announced. Associate director of sports medicine Chad Newman estimated the recovery time to be approximately six months.
That timetable would make Reese available by mid-February. The Vols will be 11 games into their SEC slate by Feb. 13, meaning the odds of Reese contributing next season are minimal. Barring an unforeseen recovery, he will likely apply for a medical redshirt in 2012-13.
Reese suffered the injury upon his return from playing for the U19 Puerto Rican National Team in the Nike Global Challenge in mid-July. It's believed Reese suffered the tear while lifting weights.
The 6-foot-7 wing joined the Vols on a four-game, 10-day tour of Italy earlier in the month, but he didn't take the floor.
A UT press release didn't specify whether the repair was made via an incision on the front of the shoulder or through arthroscopic techniques — the two types of surgeries used to repair a torn labrum.
Reese averaged 21.0 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 32.0 minutes per game in the Nike Global Challenge and was the tournament's second leading scorer. He averaged 9.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 blocks per game as a senior at Olympia High School.