August 29, 2012 3:57:21 AM
STARKVILLE - Just when you thought the news couldn't get any worse for the Mississippi State University men's basketball program, another injury is announced.
MSU announced Tuesday incoming freshman Fred Thomas will have surgery Wednesday to repair a stress fracture in his right foot.
The surgery, which will be performed by Dr. Scott Jones in Columbus, involves a projected recovery period of six weeks.
"It's disappointing because Fred came in with a tremendous attitude and ready to go to work," MSU coach Rick Ray said in a university release. "Fortunately, we caught it at a time where we expect to have him back at the start of practice. I want to commend Dr. Jones and our trainer Scotty Johnson for catching this fracture early enough that it gives Fred a chance to be 100 percent at the start of the season."
MSU is slated to begin practice on Friday, Oct. 12 with the second annual Maroon Madness. The Bulldogs open the year with an exhibition game against William Carey on Nov. 4, while the regular season begins on Nov. 9 at Troy.
MSU announced on Aug. 21 Thomas has become eligible for the 2012-13 season after finishing his summer coursework in order to be cleared for participation by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
Before he ever got a chance to suit up for his first game in a MSU
jersey, point guard Jacoby Davis suffered a devastating knee injury that will sideline him for the entire 2012-13 season.
"As a coach, you always hate to see this happen," Ray said. "But Jacoby is a tough kid and I know he'll bounce back from this injury."
The following day after the release of Davis' injury, news was released guard Craig Sword was arrested for misdemeanor possession of a BB gun on a educational property.
The freshman guard, who was on campus for the second semester of summer school on the MSU campus, was arrested by university police after the BB gun was found in his dorm room.
"I am aware of the situation involving Craig bringing a BB gun into the dorm, which is a misdemeanor," Ray said in a university statement.
Thomas, a three-star prospect from Jim Hill High School in Jackson, was signed by former MSU head coach Rick Stansbury during the early period of last year and averaged 19.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game as a senior.
Thomas, who is a 6-foot-5 player is expected to spend time at the shooting guard and small forward position this season.
This past year Thomas led the Jim Hill to the Class 6A state championship title after hitting the game-winning shot against Tupelo High School in the final seconds of overtime.
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