KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee basketball team will be without three players for its basketball trip to Europe next month as they recover from injuries.
Forward John Fulkerson had a procedure for a torn labrum in June, guard Jordan Bowden had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last week and guard Jalen Johnson had surgery Tuesday to repair a stress fracture in his left leg.
“In some ways, you wish you could have everyone together this summer, but it didn’t work out like that,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. “It allows some guys to get some reps, which has been good. It is what it is.
“We are going to take this trip and do some different things and see what we can get from some other guys.”
Tennessee is touring Spain and France Aug. 2-12. Fulkerson, Bowden and Johnson will travel to Europe but won’t play in the games.
Bowden started 28 games as a freshman last season and averaged 7.9 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.
Fulkerson played in 10 games before dislocating his right elbow and fracturing his right wrist and missing the remainder of the season.
Johnson redshirted the 2016-17 season.
Barnes expects all three healthy by the beginning of the season on Nov. 10 when the Vols play Presbyterian at home.
“All these guys will be ready,” Barnes said. “There is not one guy we have that won’t be ready. Jalen is the only guy that we don’t know anything on until after today [Tuesday]. I think all the guys if we started the season Sept. 15 or Oct. 1 would all be ready.”
Two guards returning from injury will likely play on the overseas trip.
Lamonte Turner had an arthroscopic procedure done on his right shoulder in June. Turner started in 16 games last season and averaged 8.2 points, 2.7 assists.
Graduate transfer James Daniel III has had lingering issues with his left ankle, but he has been participating in limited practice activities.