NBA Draft 2016: Vanderbilt's Damian Jones has surgery for pectoral injury
The center is seen as a late first-round or early second-round pick
Damian Jones of Vanderbilt had surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn pectoral muscle, his agent Austin Brown told The Vertical's Jonathan Givony. Jones, a center expected to be drafted late in the first round or early in the second round, suffered the injury on June 11 while working out for the Orlando Magic. The 2016 NBA Draft is Thursday, June 24.
From The Vertical:
Jones is home recovering in Baton Rouge, La. He will not compete in the NBA Summer League, but could be ready to return late in training camp.
Jones was always considered a long-term project, so the injury isn't expected to damage his draft stock. He will continue to visit teams that pick in the mid-first round leading up to Thursday's NBA draft.
Jones is a great athlete who shows potential as a modern center because of his quickness and ability to defend the pick-and-roll. Any team that selects him will be making a bet that it can help him improve his skills and turn his impressive tools into consistent production. That doesn't change because of an injury that sidelines him for a few months.
In general, this is a horrible time for a prospect to get hurt. In this case, though, it doesn't appear like a serious issue. This changes a few months of Jones' life in terms of working out for teams, playing in summer league and getting ready for his rookie season, but that's it.
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