Thompson to have surgery Friday for hernia, expected to miss 4-6 weeks

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech sophomore forward J.T. Thompson is expected to miss four to six weeks of the season after suffering a hernia.

Surgery was scheduled for Friday at Montgomery Regional Hospital. The team said the injury was diagnosed Wednesday.

"I am disappointed for J.T.," coach Seth Greenberg said, according to the Daily Press of Newport News, Va. "He has worked extremely hard during the summer and preseason to prepare for this season, but I know with his attitude and work ethic, J.T. will be back better than ever."

Greenberg said he wasn't sure how Thompson was injured.

"He said it was bothering him for about a week. He thought it was a strain," Greenberg said, according to the Lynchburg News and Advance.

Thompson averaged 5.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 34 games for the Hokies in his freshman season.

Virginia Tech hosts Gardner-Webb in the Hokies' season opener on Friday.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.