UNLV freshman Anthony Bennett will have surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder, according to his agent and will be out of action for four months. This injury is not expected to knock Bennett out of the top-10 of the upcoming NBA Draft, but he will miss all of the pre-draft workouts and summer league games, too.
While Bennett likely won't fall out of the top-10, but not being able to work out for teams he will not have the same opportunity as others to improve his draft status.
ESPN's Chad Ford spoke to a general manager who would have no issue taking Bennett, as long as the surgery goes well:
"You always would prefer a guy is healthy, works out for you and can play in summer league," one GM told Ford. "However, I don't think in this case that it will really matter. We got a good feel for his game. He's one of the most NBA-ready prospects in the draft. I wouldn't blink taking him in the top five as long as the surgery is successful."
The injury is possibly related to left shoulder pain that Bennett had back in February. At the time the team doctors said it was a nerve issue, and Bennett never missed any games or start.
The one good news about this for Bennett is that two other potential high-profile prospects Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel and Maryland sophomore Alex Len are also going to have to sit out pre-draft workouts. So, Bennett is not alone in being unable to improve his draft stock.
Marshall is slated to have surgery on Wednesday to repair the shoulder.