Stony Brook guard Carson Puriefoy had successful surgery Monday to repair a torn left labrum. There was no biceps damage or rotator cuff issue, and Puriefoy is expected to recover fully within 12 to 16 weeks, in time to pursue a professional basketball career overseas.
Before surgery, Puriefoy told Newsday he played through the injury he suffered before last season began. Puriefoy still averaged 14.9 points and helped lead the Seawolves (26-7) to the school’s first NCAA Tournament berth.
“I couldn’t use my left hand,” Puriefoy said. “It was difficult to shoot lefthanded layups. We just managed it the best we could before games and practices.”
Puriefoy said the rehabilitation process will prevent him from taking part in summer workouts and showcases before the NBA Draft. He’s in the process of hiring an agent and will focus on playing professionally overseas. Doctors told him he can begin shooting in 12 weeks and should be ready for contact in August.
“It’s not ideal, but injuries happen,” Puriefoy said. “It won’t take away from my future.”
Puriefoy and James Madison guard Ron Curry are scheduled to be honored as co-major college players of the year by the Albert Carino Boys Basketball Club of South Jersey on Friday at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill.