McIver Overcomes Injury to Commit

Robert McIver wasn't sure if he'd get another chance after suffering what was a career-threatening ankle injury last month, but the Winchendon High (Mass.) combo guard could return this season - and he won't have to worry about playing for a scholarship any longer.

When Robert McIver dislocated his ankle last month at the War on the Shore in Delaware, the well-traveled Winchendon (Mass.) combo guard figured that was the end of his chance to pick up a big-time scholarship offer.

Most of the schools who were interested dropped out – except for one.

The 6-2 ½, 200-pound McIver, who could return to the court by the end of this season, committed to Providence on Monday.

``After the injury, no one stayed loyal except for Providence," McIver said. "That meant a lot to me and made this a no-brainer."

McIver was playing extremely well prior to the injury for Mike Byrnes' club making the adjustment to a floor leader who could get his teammates involved. However, McIver's biggest strength is his ability to score in a variety of ways and a toughness that was on display when he suffered the injury.

``This is a dream come true for me," McIver added. "They are a big-time team in the Big East. At the same time, they are still rebuilding and I think I can come right in and help them at the guard position as a freshman."

McIver also said that his decision was cemented when he watched the Friars dispose of Illinois recently on a nationally televised game.

There is a chance that McIver, who is still on crutches, could return to the court by the end of the season, but that will depend on how his doctor's appointment this week goes.

``I was still in shock right after the injury," McIver recalled after he went down in a heap late in the first half of a game against Fork Union. "Nothing was really going through my head until I got into the ambulance. Then I thought it might be over. But when I got to the doctor, they re-set my foot and told me it wasn't as serious as they first thought."

Now McIver will also get a chance to go up against Georgetown, a school where he committed more than two years ago – before the Hoyas decided to withdraw the offer after he had a sub-par summer.

``I committed to a Big East school three years ago and now I get a chance to play against them," McIver laughed.

McIver is just happy that he'll get a chance to play at all.

``It's been a hard month," he added. "But it's given me a chance to focus on my grades."

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