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Tennessee freshman Derek Reese out six months after undergoing shoulder surgery

Derek Reese

The beginning of Derek Reese’s collegiate career at Tennessee has been put on hold for the time being, following shoulder surgery, the school announced in a release.

Reese, a 6-7 guard from Orlando, Fla., underwent surgery Tuesday at the University of Tennessee Medical Center to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

The true freshman will need about six months to recover, according to the school’s medical staff. He traveled with the team on a trip to Italy this summer, but was not in uniform for any of the four games.

He committed to Tennessee in August 2011.

Reese is part of a three-man 2012 recruiting class for Cuonzo Martin’s Volunteers, as UT comes off a 19-15 season, including 10-6 in the SEC.

“Derek’s a high-character kid from a good family. I’m excited about what he’s going to bring to our program,” Martin said of Reese at the time of his signing in November.

“Derek is a versatile wing who shoots the ball well and he’s a good athlete,” Martin continued. “He has a good feel for the game, and he can really stroke it from 3-point range. He’s primarily a perimeter player, but he’s also really skilled around the basket.”

The Volunteers also welcome guard Armani Moore and junior college forward D’Montre Edwards.

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Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_