With eight scholarship players on the roster, and only three big men, N.C. State's basketball team can't afford many injuries.
So maybe the timing of junior forward Lennard Freeman's leg injury isn't all that bad. Freeman had surgery on June 3 to repair a fracture in his lower right leg, according to a release sent out by the school on Friday.
Freeman, the team's top rebounder last season, is expected to be out for three to four months. The 6-8, 250-pound power forward from Washington should be ready for the start of fall practice in October and the start of the season in November.
Freeman averaged 3.6 points and 5.6 rebounds as a sophomore last season. He started 21 games, including the last 11. The Wolfpack's season turned around when coach Mark Gottfried inserted Freeman back in the starting lineup before a 74-65 win at Louisville on Feb. 14.
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Even with a healthy Freeman, N.C. State will be thin on frontcourt depth. Freeman and junior BeeJay Anya return as does sophomore Abdul-Malik Abu but junior Kyle Washington transferred and the only eligible newcomers (junior guard Terry Henderson and freshman guard Shaun Kirk) are in the backcourt.