Charlotte Hornets

Hornets rookie Noah Vonleh to miss 6-8 weeks after surgery to treat sports hernia

Charlotte Hornets rookie Noah Vonleh had successful surgery Tuesday to treat a sports hernia and will miss the next six to eight weeks.

Based on that timeline, Vonleh won’t participate in training camp at the start of next month in Asheville and will likely also miss some preseason exhibitions.

Vonleh, a power forward who turned pro after one season at Indiana, was the ninth overall pick in the 2014 draft, a selection the Hornets received from the Detroit Pistons.

He averaged 11.3 points and nine rebounds a game last season with the Hoosiers.

While Vonleh showed lots of potential in Las Vegas Summer League, Hornets coach Steve Clifford has said Vonleh and shooting guard P.J. Hairston will have relatively limited roles as rookies.

The Hornets have Cody Zeller and Marvin Williams available at power forward, although Zeller will likely also play some center this coming season.