Vincent Hunter will Undergo Reconstructive Sho
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas forward Vincent Hunter will undergo reconstructive shoulder surgery on Friday and will be out for the season it was announced by UA head basketball coach Stan Heath on Wednesday.
Hunter suffered the second complete dislocation of his right shoulder in less than a year, last Saturday in Arkansas’ Red-White game. The sophomore from Little Rock, Ark., originally dislocated the shoulder on Dec. 6, 2003, in a game against Illinois. Recovery time for the injury is typically four to six months. Hunter will redshirt the 2004-05 campaign.
“It is disappointing that Vincent won’t be able to be on the court with us this season,” Heath said. “After visiting with doctors, our training staff and his parents, we felt like surgery was the best course of action. I know he is discouraged, but we will continue to support him. He is still an important part of this team. I fully expect him to be ready to go next season. In the mean time, we will need other players to step up to help fill the void.”
Hunter played in 24 games as a freshman in 2003-04, averaging 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds. Before the injury, Hunter was averaging 7.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
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