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August 28, 2012Mississippi State incoming freshman Fred Thomas will have surgery on Wednesday to repair a stress fracture in his right foot.
The surgery will be performed by Dr. Scott Jones in Columbus, and the recovery period is expected to be six weeks.
"It's disappointing because Fred came in with a tremendous attitude and ready to go to work," first-year MSU coach Rick Ray said. "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.
Thomas, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound guard, comes to Mississippi State following a stellar prep career at Jim Hill High School in Jackson. This past year, he led the Tigers to the Class 6A title after hitting the game-winning shot against Tupelo in the waning seconds of overtime.
On the season, the Dandy Dozen selection averaged 19.9 points and 5.9 rebounds and played in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Classic.
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