Florida State forward Terrance Shannon will have shoulder surgery and will miss the rest of the season, coach Leonard Hamilton said on Tuesday.
Coach Hamilton confirmed Shannon would miss the season on Tuesday.
Shannon, who hurt his left shoulder during a loss to Connecticut on Nov. 26, was third on the Seminoles in scoring (8.6 points). He was also averaging 4.4 rebounds per game.
“Those injuries are tricky,” Hamilton said after Tuesday’s practice. “We just feel that it’s in everybody’s best interests, including his and ours, for us to go ahead and accept the fact that there is no real assurance that can get through the season with the type of injury that he has.
“It makes more sense to err on the side of caution.”
Hamilton said Shannon will have surgery after Christmas so that he can begin rehabilitation on the shoulder and not miss any classes during the spring semester. The injury is thought to be a partial tear in Shannon’s left shoulder.
A junior, Shannon played in just seven games. The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Shannon, a native of Forsyth, Ga., will apply for a redshirt this season and would have two years of eligibility beginning in 2012-13.
While the injury affects FSU’s rotation in the frontcourt, the Seminoles still have depth with three players who are 6-foot-10 or taller: Jon Kreft, Xavier Gibson and Bernard James. FSU also has junior-college transfer Kiel Turpin, a 6-11 center, but he is likely taking a redshirt this season.
Hamilton also said that 6-8 freshman forward Antwan Space will be available to play a limited number of minutes in Thursday’s game at Florida. Space had surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot in November.
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