Category Archives: Injuries

Maryland Eastern Shore guard Ryan Andino will sit out 2017-18 as a redshirt

Ryan Andino averaged 12.7 points per game as a junior in 2016-17, and is known as one of the top three point shooters anywhere in the NCAA.

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. Continue reading Maryland Eastern Shore guard Ryan Andino will sit out 2017-18 as a redshirt

The Road to Recovery: Julian Boyd talks his injury history, basketball, and more

Julian Boyd (42) is currently recovering from his fourth ACL surgery, but it hasn’t stopped him on his basketball journey. The former LIU Brooklyn star sat down with Nico Wright to talk his recovery, life, and more. (Source: Stu Switzer – London Lightning)

LONDON, Ont. — Recently, I paid a visit to the London Lightning Head Office in London, Ontario, where I sat down with current Lightning player and former Long Island University (LIU) Blackbird star Julian Boyd.

We talked about many things: basketball, life, and something that has been a recurring theme in Boyd’s basketball career, and not for the better.

The anterior cruciate ligament, more commonly referred to as the ACL.  Continue reading The Road to Recovery: Julian Boyd talks his injury history, basketball, and more

North Carolina’s Theo Pinson ruled OUT, no timetable on return

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Since Theo Pinson has returned from a broken right foot, the North Carolina Tar Heels are a perfect 6-0.

Unfortunately for Roy Williams, life without the junior has re-emerged.

Per a press release, Pinson is ruled out from tomorrow’s contest at Miami. Last night, the 6’6″ forward rolled his ankle during North Carolina’s 91-72 victory over Virginia Tech. No timetable exists for how long his absence will last. Continue reading North Carolina’s Theo Pinson ruled OUT, no timetable on return

USC’s Bennie Boatwright progressing, could play next week

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After scoring their biggest win of the season, USC head coach Andy Enfield may be getting back a soldier.

Per Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports, sophomore Bennie Boatwright is eyeing a return next week during the Trojans’ road-trip in Washington. The 6’10” forward has been sidelined since November 30, missing the last 15 games due to a sprained left knee.

“We’re hoping to get him back on our next road trip, but it’s still to be determined,” Enfield told Rothstein on Friday. “He hasn’t done a full-contact practice yet so we’ll see, but we’re anxious to get him back.” Continue reading USC’s Bennie Boatwright progressing, could play next week

Louisville’s Quentin Snider to miss 2-to-3 weeks with strained hip flexor

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Top 25 teams, hide your point guards!
Hours after Creighton’s Maurice Watson Jr. was carried off the court in Cincinnati, Louisville junior Quentin Snider will miss the next two-to-three weeks with a strained hip flexor, per a press release. The Cardinals are coming off a 78-69 victory over #7 Duke.

Snider, who is Louisville’s main facilitator, fell hard in the second half of the aforementioned win. The homegrown talent remained in the game, despite the fact, and finished with 13 points, 6 assists, and 3 steals. Thankfully, surgery is not required and he will need only rest and rehabilitation to make a full recovery.

The 6’2″ guard is having a career-season in red, black, and white. Snider currently possesses career-highs in every major statistical category, averaging 12.1 points, 2.6 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per game in 18 games. He is the second leading scorer behind backcourt mate Donovan Mitchell (13.6 PPG) and the only Cardinal to not leave the starting lineup through the first two-plus months.

With Snider out, Rick Pitino will be sans a true point guard and one of his primary scorer. No guard outside of Mitchell is responsible for more than two assists per game while senior Tony Hicks is the highest scoring true backcourt replacement option. Hicks is producing a measly 3 points in just under 10 minutes per game. 

Aside from going big and starting four forwards with the 6’3″ Mitchell, 6’6″ freshman V.J. King could be the benefactor of extra playing time. King, a five-star recruit ranked 23rd in ESPN’s 100, has been disappointing in his first collegiate campaign. The swingman has struggled in limited minutes (13.9) and is producing 6.1 points per game on 41.7% shooting.

Snider’s absence is coming at the worst possible time. Last Saturday’s showdown started a three-game stretch that brings Jaron Blossomgame’s Clemson Tigers to the KFC Yum! Center on Thursday and sends the Cardinals to #10 Florida State two days after. 

15-3 (3-2) Louisville sits fourth in the ACC, two games behind conference leader Notre Dame. 

– P. Wesner

UPDATE: Creighton’s Maurice Watson Jr. has ‘no structural ligament damage,’ team fears meniscus tear

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CINCINNATI, Ohio — Greg McDermott may be without point guard Maurice Watson Jr. for a long time.

The rest of the season to be exact.

Watson, who led the nation in assists per game with 8.8 entering today, was carried off the court in the first half of Creighton’s 72-67 victory at Xavier. The 5’10’ playmaker left the game when slashing through the paint and making a running layup as he was fouled. Continue reading UPDATE: Creighton’s Maurice Watson Jr. has ‘no structural ligament damage,’ team fears meniscus tear