Hoops: Freshman Thomas to Have Foot Surgery

Mississippi State freshman guard Fred Thomas will be out about six weeks after undergoing foot surgery on Wednesday. He’s scheduled to have the procedure to repair a stress fracture in his right foot, the school said in a release.

It shouldn’t affect his status for the coming season.

“It’s disappointing because Fred came in with a tremendous attitude and ready to go to work,” first-year MSU coach Rick Ray said in a statement. “Fortunately, we caught it at a time where we expect to have him back at the start of practice.”

MSU begins preseason practices Oct. 12, and the season begins Nov. 9 at Troy.

Thomas (6-foot-3, 180 pounds) is the second freshman to undergo surgery this summer. Jacoby Davis, who’d been expected to start at point guard, had surgery a few weeks ago to repair a torn ACL.

Thomas comes from Jackson Jim Hill High School, which he led to the Class 6A state title this season. He averaged 19.9 points and 5.9 rebounds as a senior and is expected to compete for a starting job this season.

Thomas was academically cleared by the NCAA just last week.