Hornets rookie Vonleh has sports hernia surgery, out 6-8 weeks

Hornets rookie Noah Vonleh, who turned 19 years old last week, could return from sports-hernia surgery in time for Charlotte's Oct. 29 home opener against Milwaukee.

Brad Penner

The Hornets announced Tuesday that rookie Noah Vonleh underwent sports hernia surgery and will be out approximately 6-8 weeks. Vonleh apparently sustained the injury during a recent workout, just weeks before the Hornets open training camp for the 2014-15 season.

The ninth overall pick to the re-branded Charlotte club, Vonleh was slated to compete for an opening-night starting slot at the 4 spot. He still could return for the Hornets’ home opener on Oct. 29 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The 6-foot-10, 240-pound Vonleh, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year last season at Indiana, joins a vastly improved Hornets core that includes high-profile free agent acquisition Lance Stephenson.