Yahoo Sports is reporting that Damian Jones underwent surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle that he suffered while bench-pressing during a workout with the Orlando Magic on June 11, according to his agent.
The news doesn't seem to have affected his draft stock much, if at all. NBADraft.net has Jones going to Charlotte with the No. 22 pick in its latest mock draft, published Monday morning. It's thought that while Jones recovers from surgery, he will not compete in the NBA Summer League, but he could be ready to return late in training camp and should be ready by the start of the NBA's regular season.
Jones averaged 13.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg, and 1.6 blocks per game as a junior at Vanderbilt, but he graded out well on potential at the NBA Draft combine in May. He's expected to be one of two first-round picks for the Commodores along with Wade Baldwin IV.