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Jenkins out for season after back surgery

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Atlanta Hawks sophomore guard John Jenkins has missed the past 18 games with nerve pain in his back and leg. This morning, Jenkins had surgery on his back that will keep him sidelined for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.

Jenkins, drafted in 2012 in the first round out of Vanderbilt, had a disappointing year in the limited action he saw. Jenkins appeared in just 13 games on the season due to the nagging pain. He had appeared in just more than 12 minutes per game, and was averaging 3.1 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 0.8 assists per game.

Jenkins' long range shooting ability was prized coming out of Vandy, and had a decent rookie season last year. He made 38% of his three-point attempts, and averaged 6.1 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game in 15 minutes per game. This year, however, he had missed plenty of time due to the back pain, which was also affecting his right leg.

The surgery was performed at Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic, and he will spend the next couple of months resting and recuperating from the surgery before he returns to rehab in the spring.