NC State’s Lennard Freeman may redshirt after leg surgery

The North Carolina State Wolfpack front court may be losing some depth for the 2016-17 college basketball season, after reserve forward Lennard Freeman underwent another surgery on his leg.

Brett Friedlander of the Wilmington Star News reports Freeman had a 16-inch steel rod removed from his right leg.

The rod was replaced by a thicker rod and Freeman is hoping to take the time this offseason to get back into full form. As a result, a redshirt season is very likely.

“He just needs time,” N.C. State head coach Gottfried said. “He needs time to fully heal, fully get himself ready and go through an offseason where he can actually work out every day and go through all of our skill development drills.”

Last season, while playing through a stress fracture in his right leg, Freeman averaged 3.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.

The good news for the Wolfpack is that they will return Abdul-Malik Abu and BeeJay Anya while adding five-star center Omer Yurtseven, so their front court should be just fine.

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