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Bruce Pearl, left, and senior athletics trainer Clark Pearson watch Auburn’s open practice at the Final Four in Minneapolis on April 5, 2019.

Auburn signee guard Tyrell Jones has undergone surgery for a left tibial stress fracture, and will miss much of the summer but should be back on the court for the Tigers this fall, the program reported Thursday.

Jones is a 6-foot-1, 170-pound new freshman on campus, who signed with Auburn last November.

He and rising senior J’Von McCormick are the two Tigers that Auburn is looking toward to carry the ball up the court next season at point guard.

In a statement from Bruce Pearl released Thursday, the Tigers head coach explained that Jones played through pain for much of his senior season of high school basketball at West Oaks Academy in Orlando, Fla., but once he got on the Plains, an injury requiring surgery was discovered.

“We have the best sports medicine staff in the country,” Pearl said. “When our student-athletes report, there’s an evaluation done on them unlike almost any other. There’s a difference between pain and injury. Tyrell played his entire senior year with a lot of pain in his shin. Upon further review, a pretty serious injury was detected.”

Jones was unanimously rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN, and was ranked as a top-100 player by both 247Sports and ESPN.

He joins an Auburn backcourt left without former stalwarts Jared Harper and Bryce Brown, the Tigers’ starters last season at point guard and shooting guard.

McCormick, who played well in sparing minutes behind Harper last season, and Jones are in line to help guide the Auburn offense from the point guard position.

“With Jared Harper leaving and Tyrell being out for the summer, this puts a lot of stress on our backcourt,” Pearl put it.

Pearl said that the team is looking forward to Jones being back at the start of the fall semester. The team expects his recovery to last two to three months.

Jones’ surgery was performed by Benton Emblom at Andrews Sports Medicine Center in Birmingham.

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