BOISE, Idaho - Coby Karl will undergo surgery at St. Al's Hospital in Boise on April 2 to remove cancerous lymph nodes. The surgery will be the second in the last 13 months for Karl, who had his thyroid removed last March.
The procedure in April is a follow up on last year's surgery and the prognosis for recovery is excellent. One in 10 patients diagnosed with thyroid cancer have to undergo further treatment.
Karl just finished his senior season at Boise State where he was named first-team All-WAC after averaging 14.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. He finished as Boise State's third all-time leading scorer with 1,698 points and the school's all-time leader in games played, 3-pointers made and 3-pointers attempted.
The cancerous lymph nodes were discovered in January before the game at Utah State, but did not slow him down over the final 15 games. Karl elected not to tell his teammates until after the season concluded.
Karl is scheduled to play in the NABC All-Star Game in Atlanta on March 31 and should recover in time to participate in the NBA Pre-Draft camp in Orlando May 29-June 4, if he is invited.
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