PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — The list of players who won’t suit up for the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks added another name on Saturday afternoon.
Guard Dontae Caldwell and forward Isaac Taylor are expected to miss the entire 2017-18 season due to injuries. Both were expected to be focal points on both ends of the court for the Hawks this season.
Now, on Saturday afternoon, senior guard Ryan Andino took to his Twitter account to update his friends, family, and fans on what the future holds for him this season.
Andino had been battling an ailment of his own, and was rumoured to miss ‘a handful of games’ to open the season. Andino put to rest all of the rumours on Saturday, announcing that he would be sitting out the 2017-18 season as a redshirt.
Andino will play his graduate season in 2018-19 as a fifth-year senior.
Personal health is extremely important for student-athletes, and there’s no sense in rushing back from an injury and put one’s self at risk of aggravating it again. The decision to redshirt the 2017-18 season shows a high level of maturity on the part of Andino.
It’s never easy to miss an entire season, but you can bet that Andino will be there cheering on his teammates whenever they play inside the Hytche Athletic Center.
As a junior in 2016-17, Andino put up 12.7 points per game, and was the team’s top returning scorer this season. Andino is known across the NCAA as one of the country’s premier three point shooters, and he hit 38% of his attempts from beyond the arc a year ago.
With Andino now out of the picture this season, head coach Bobby Collins will look to some of his newcomers to take a leading role on the offensive end of the ball.
In the Hawks’ win over Valley Forge to open the season, freshmen Sean Hoggs and Cameron Bacote combined to score 51 points. At least for one game, both looked like potential stars for the Hawks, and both should see considerable playing time this season.
We wish Andino nothing but the best in the recovery process, and we look forward to seeing him back on the hardwood for the 2018-19 season.
– T. Bennett