After long absence, ACL injury keeps Whittington off the court
This past season, forward Greg Whittington was ruled academically ineligible during the height of the Hoyas’ struggles. At the time, Whittington was the team’s leading rebounder and second leading scorer, only behind the NBA-bound Otto Porter. After Whittington’s departure, the Hoyas managed to reel off a winning streak that ran from mid-January to early-March, with Porter shouldering an increased scoring load. However, with Porter leaving the team to turn professional, Whittington was expected to fill the large void left at the small forward position, leading the team along with guards Markel Starks and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and forward Nate Lubick. However, sources have reported that Whittington has torn his anterior cruciate ligament.
The injury, which took place in the past week, now has Whittington on crutches. Surgery will be necessary for a complete recovery, but the road back to the basketball court is not a short one. ACL injuries usually force many athletes to miss many months to over a year while rehabilitating. Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III tore his ACL in a playoff game in January, and the optimistic view is that he will be able to return for the beginning of the regular season in September.
Though it is unclear when Whittington will return to the court for the Hoyas, it is relatively certain that he will miss a substantial part of the season, if not the 2013-2014 campaign in its entirety.
Head Coach John Thompson III said, “Greg will return when he is 100 percent healthy. I feel for Greg because he’s worked extremely hard to prepare for the coming season, on and off the court. I’m confident this is just another setback that in the end will make him even stronger.”
Prospects for the upcoming season may look bleak, but the Blue and Gray have surprised us before. Whatever happens, we’ll most likely have something to talk about.
Our beloved basketball team begins play on November 8th against Oregon.
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