Pomlee Likely to Miss Season

L.A. Pomlee had really begun to come into his own this past summer. The Davenport Central (Iowa) 6-foot-8 junior big man made a name for himself nationally, but health will keep Pomlee off the court for his junior campaign.

One day back in September, Davenport Central (Iowa) junior L.A. Pomlee didn't show up for an open gym, complaining of swelling in his leg.

Hours later, the talented 6-foot-8 big man was diagnosed with a blood clot in his leg that will likely keep him on the sidelines for his entire junior season.

``He was hospitalized for a couple days," Davenport Central coach Craig Werdinger. "They put him on blood thinners and he's doing fine now as far as his spirit is concerned. He can shoot free throws and ride a bike, but he can't have physical contact."

Werdinger said that Pomlee will be on Coumadin for six months.

``He's going to be out, as of right now, for the season," added Werdinger. "It's a big loss for us and more importantly for him. We just want him to get healthy."

Pomlee averaged 14 points and 10 boards per game last season, but had a breakout summer.

``It's too bad because he was really starting to make a lot of progress," Werdinger said. "He had come a long way from last year to this year. He was really starting to come into his own."

``He's a big-time Division I player," added Werdinger.

Werdinger said that despite the medical condition, there's been little to no change in regards to the schools monitoring his progress.

Miami has offered a scholarship while Wisconsin, Arizona and Kansas have also been in to see Pomlee prior to the blood clot.

``He's 6-8, long, athletic and was really making strides," Werdinger reiterated. "It's really unfair."

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