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Kansas transfer Thomas out 6 months following shoulder surgery

6-foot-8 forward hopes to start rehab this week following labrum repair

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Kansas’ Quintrell Thomas (11) gets past UMKC’s James Humphrey (1) and Latreze Mushatt (4) to put up a shot during the first half on Nov. 16, 2008, in Lawrence, Kan. Thomas announced his intent to transfer to UNLV on May 22, 2009.

Updated Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009 | 5:24 p.m.

As it turns out, the upcoming redshirt year for UNLV sophomore forward Quintrell Thomas — who transferred from Kansas following last season — will prove quite valuable.

Thomas, a 6-foot-8 New Jersey native, will be shelved for roughly the next six months following surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

UNLV coach said that the shoulder has caused Thomas issues for awhile, popping out of place here and there during workouts and pick-up games.

"It was a case where he's OK with it, OK with it, it slips out. Then it's OK for awhile and it slips out," Kruger said. "It's just something that needs to be done for him long-term, and he's got time now."

The surgery was performed on July 31, and after a follow-up visit on Wednesday, barring any complications, Thomas will begin rehab immediately.

Thomas, ranked as the No. 149 prospect in the 2008 class by Rivals.com, averaged 1.5 points and 2 rebounds per contest in limited duty last season for the Jayhawks.

He figures to play a key role for the Rebels beginning in the 2010-11 season, when he'll play for Lon Kruger with three years of eligibility remaining.

Hawkins also on the mend

Freshman guard Justin Hawkins is also recovering from surgery. The Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft High product took a shot to his nose a few weeks back while going up for a rebound in a pick-up game, and is currently at home during the break between summer school and the first day of fall classes healing up.

He is not expected to miss any time once the school year begins.

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  1. Lenny,

    It's still kind of unclear. Hopefully we'll have some more details in the next few days.

  2. Well, this sucks. Another setback. I hope he recovers.

    S711

  3. Sure there's always a risk with surgery, but I don't see it as a setback. As coach said in the article, its something that will benefit him long term, and he has time now with the redshirt year. I'm sure he will be missed in practice, but hopefully he will be good as new come next fall. Good luck with the surgery Quintrell, and go rebels!

  4. I don't really see how it's a setback to the team either. He's sitting out this year anyway.

    It would sure be a setback to have this happen when he is eligible. Hopefully by having the procedure now, he'll avoid a situation that could cost the team in the future.

    I hope he's ready to work hard on his own to rehab and then gain strength and improve his game.

    It won't be like last year.

    We had Shaw and Jasper rehabing. As well as Hanni, Chop and Stanback sitting out. Basically a whole team of guys who could relate to each other's situation. I think that makes for a good environment for the guys sitting out.

    No "black" squad this year.

    Assuming no one else redshirts, QT will be the only one not playing or traveling w/ the team. He's going to have a real test of his individual work ethic and desire.

  5. I think it could be considered a setback for the team just because our bigs need people to bang with them in practice in order to get bigger. Coming from a bigger program like Kansas, maybe QT could have helped push out bigs to be better low post players. Hopefully, they will be able to push each other without him present on the practice court.

  6. Red Shirt work is overrated. Example: Beas Hamga

  7. @ Grayback

    You can always find exceptions. For example I could say "Red Shirt work is underrated. Example: Louis Amundson, Joel Anthony, Tre'von Willis, George Ackles etc."

    I think Beas was just an overrated player and many got giddy over the 5 star ranking. We were no alone.

    The redshirt year depends on what the player does during that year. I think Massamba could use a red shirt year because, from what I hear, he is working hard during this off-season. Beas did not improve at all during that year off. I think his head got a little too big from the hype.

  8. So, what you're saying is he was an exception and redshirt work is detrimental? If it is, then why is Lon not worried about the 6th months QT will be away from the court? Why was he not worried about DJ's time away? And Shaw for that matter?

    Chace and the rest of the redshirt crew didn't necessarily make the last season's Rebels any better.

    I agree with you that it depends upon the player, but it's still overrated. Just because a kid redshirts doesn't mean he's going to come back a phenom or help the existing crew improve.