Just over this last Thursday, tragic news broke the surface regarding Indiana basketball player, De’Ron Davis. The sophomore sustained a non-contact, lower-leg injury during practice. After further testing, it was determined that Davis has a tear in his right achilles, which will keep him out of action for the whole year. Achilles injuries tend to require significant amounts of time for healing and rehab. The achilles is known to be the strongest and thickest tendon in the body. According to TFD’s Dr. Selene Parekh, recovery is typically 9-11 months. Watch how the surgery is performed below:
Last year Davis was able to put up respectable numbers in his situation at the time. As a freshman, he was able to pour in six points a game, while playing behind three current pro’s in OG Anunoby, Thomas Bryant, and Troy Williams. By standing third overall in scoring and second on the team in rebounding this year, Davis showed signs of establishing himself in a further role. This injury comes at such a bad time for Davis because of his path of development towards the NBA and the great loss of talent from last year’s roster. With all three players at least 6’7” or taller, it was Davis’s time to fill in some big shoes.
The lack of size will tremendously hurt the Hoosiers and force them to change their style of play. Interestingly enough, if one takes Davis out, three of the four leading scorers are 6’3” or shorter. This means their undersized bigs will have to play bigger than ever. Hovering around the 6’7”-6’8” range, it will be on the upperclassmen power forwards, Colin Hartman and Juwan Morgan to rebound and secure more possessions for their team. When the Hoosiers matchup against some of the top rebounding giants in the Big 12, like Purdue and Michigan State, it will be critical to play fast and make shots. With no inside scoring presence, the ball will be in senior guard, Robert Johnson’s hands a lot. It will be on him to quickly get into sets Coach Miller calls and execute them smoothly. With many of past Indiana teams, old coach, Tom Creen would go to a five out offense. It made sense when he had terrific rim penetrators at his disposal such as victor Oladipo, Yogi Ferrell, and Will Sheehey. With their lack off size this year, the Hoosiers may have to resort to that style of play.
With Duke’s Marques Bolden hurt, now what?
Though Bolden isn’t the most integral part of the team, often times playing inconsistent minutes, his size and length will be missed. Bolden has the physical gifts and talent to be a relatively productive college ball player; however, his mental fortitude and effort are not up to par. There isn’t a big on the Duke roster that scores with his back to the basket like Bolden, but with the absence of consistent intensity, he plays second fiddle to Javin DeLaurier.
Bolden was apart of Duke’s historic 16’ recruiting class, comprised of six immensely talented players. 5 of out of those 6 guys were ESPN top 100 recruits and 3 of them already are in NBA (Frank Jackson, Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum). The sledding has been tough for Bolden, transferring through this career has always been talked about.
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Duke center Marques Bolden suffers leg injury-Dr. Patel
Duke’s starting center Marques Bolden suffered a severe left knee injury in the early minutes of Duke’s rematch against UNC on Saturday evening.
The injury occurred on a block attempt, and his knee buckled and hit the floor on his descent. He limped off the court with assistance.
The injury could be a complex ligament injury to at least one or more of the main ligaments of the knee (ACL/PCL/LCL/MCL). There is also a chance that when he made contact with the ground he could have sustained a fracture. Updates will follow pending an X-ray and MRI. Regardless, he will most likely miss the rest of the season including the tournament.
This is the same knee that he had injured during his first two seasons with Duke and forced him to miss significant playing time.
How will Purdue adapt to the absence of Isaac Haas?
Heartbreaking news filled the likes of college basketball just this Friday, when it was announced Purdue senior, Issac Haas, will miss the rest of the NCCA tournament with a broken elbow. The big man was going up for a contested rebound, which caused him to fall directly on his right, shooting elbow.
The aftermath of the play had Haas grimacing in pain, laying on his frontside. Although there have been great attempts on Haas’s end to petition himself to the NCCA to be able to play through the injury, he will likely be out 3-5 months with season ending surgery.
This is a monumental blow for the Boilermakers. Going into season, the goal was nothing short of a national title. The specialization of talent that Purdue had extended far in many categories, along with their experience, instilled fear in many teams.
Positions 1-5 each had their specific skill set which complemented everyone perfectly. The emergence of guards, Carsen Edwards and P.J. Thompson, allowed for coach Painter to play a scoring combo guard along with a true point guard to provide an excess of offensive opportunities.
Beyond that, sharp shooting senior, Dakota Mathias, has been able to get open shots all year because of the respect his guards and big men command. Before the injury to Haas, their front court consisted of Haas, Matt Haarms, and Vince Edwards. Haarms has burst onto to the scene this year with his copious amounts of energy and a 7’3” 250 pound frame.
The freshman’s attributes are felt everywhere, but especially on the defensive end with his length and great ability to protect the rim. Senior Vince Edwards has played a pivotal role this year with his ability to score at all three levels. Edwards’ senior leadership somehow finds a way to shine bright during crunch time.
When everyone is a threat on the court, defenses can’t practice triage and show more attention to the best player. Often, Haas would require double and triple teams to be thrown at him, and with the displacement of attention, people like Dakota Mathias and Carsen Edwards got wide open shots.
With the subtraction of Haas, Purdue will have to rely on their playmakers to become more selfish. V. Edwards, Mathias, and C. Edwards will have to show up every night, staying ready for whatever is thrown at them, while understanding the bulk of scoring rests on their shoulders.
Haarms doesn’t have near the girth Haas had, but he must utilize his length and energy to dominate the offensive and defensive glass. The loss of Haas assumes there will be a decrease in offensive rebounding, which means Purdue has to make every shot count. The loss of Haas will simplify the opposition’s game plan tremendously and significantly changes the way the Boilermakers play basketball.