UCLA-bound guard Kyle Anderson will undergo left thumb surgery on Monday and is expected to be sidelined for up to three months, his father told SNY.tv.
“Surgery is scheduled for Monday afternoon by Dr. Michelle Carlson, a highly respected hand specialist in New York,” Kyle Anderson Sr. told SNY.tv Friday.
The recovery time is expected to be approximately three months, putting him out of competition through July.
Anderson received the MRI results Wednesday and they indicated torn ligaments in the thumb, but the family wanted a second opinion before opting for surgery.
Anderson, a McDonald’s All-American who led St. Anthony to back-to-back New Jersey Tournament of Champions titles, injured the thumb during the last practice before the New Jersey North Non-Public B state final in March.
He then reinjured it during practice for the McDonald’s Game.
He is part of UCLA’s No. 1 ranked recruiting class that now includes Tony Parker, Shabazz Muhammad and Jordan Adams.
Both Anderson and Muhammad are considered probable one-and-done players.
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