UConn's Amida Brimah to undergo shoulder surgery

Brimah blossomed into a big-time player and will be key next season. (USATSI)

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One of the keys to UConn's 2014-15 season will be out for almost the entirety of this offseason.

The school announced on Thursday that freshman Ghanaian center Amida Brimah will miss 4-5 months after he has left-shoulder surgery on Friday. The procedure has been anticipated for some time now; this is merely a formality of announcing when it's happening.

Brimah needs arthroscopic surgery on the shoulder for "labral repair," per UConn's press release. The left labrum was a nag to Brimah for most of last season, but despite the injury the big man averaged 2.3 blocks in addition to 4.1 points and 3.0 rebounds. He's become a future NBA prospect, according to many.

And he'll be a focal point of UConn's defense next season, when the team defends its national title without the benefit of outgoing senior Shabazz Napier.

Brimah was an All-Rookie selection in the AAC last season. UConn is currently ranked 20th in our Ridiculously Early Top 25 (and one) but is still waiting for official draft decisions from juniors DeAndre Daniels and Ryan Boatright.

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