Tennessee Freshman Derek Reese Tears Labrum, Will Miss 6 Months

KNOXVILLE, TN - JANUARY 14: Tennessee Volunteers head coach Cuonzo Martin looks on during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Thompson-Boling Arena on January 14, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Kentucky defeated Tennessee 65-62. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Tennessee freshman guard Derek Reese will be out six months after surgery to repair a torn labrum.

Tennessee freshman swingman Derek Reese had surgery to repair a torn labrum on Tuesday and is expected to miss six months.

The 6'7" guard will miss almost the entirety of the 2012 season but, if all goes well with his recovery and rehab, he could potentially return in March. Chad Newman of UT sports medicine disclosed the procedure, which took place at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Reese recently accompanied the team on a tour through Italy. European trips have become commonplace for Division 1 programs in the late summer. Reese, who enrolled in school during the Summer, did not play in any of the Vols' four games in Italy.

With the six months of recovery time, a medical redshirt could certainly be in the works for Reese. Cuonzo Martin's club is still deep at the swing position, with six players between 6'3" and 6'6" expected to contribute.

For more on the Volunteers, visit Rocky Top Talk. For all your college basketball news, visit SB Nation's NCAA hoops hub.

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