Bloomington – IU commit Derek Elston suffered a left knee injury over the weekend and will undergo an MRI today to determine the extent of the injury.
Tipton H.S. Coach Travis Daugherty confirmed that Elston suffered the injury Saturday night at the USSSA Boys State Championship AAU event in Ft. Wayne. Daugherty wasn't at the game, but said he heard Elston was going after a loose ball and possibly turned the wrong way when his foot was planted.
"I think we're trying to be patient until we know the extent of it," Daugherty said. "Whatever happens, we'll do our best to take care of it, whether it's a week or two process or if it becomes bigger than that."
While Daugherty wouldn't speculate on the severity of the injury, the hope on their part is that it's a sprain and he'll be able to return to the court in a matter of weeks. But there appears to be the possibility that it could be more severe, potentially a torn knee ligament.
If that's the case, Elston's recovery time would be measured in months as opposed to weeks. While the timing is never good on a severe knee injury, Elston would have nearly six months before the start of his senior season at Tipton.
"It's hard to speculate before we know for sure (about the severity of the injury)," Daugherty said. "In some ways the AAU season is really important, but when you look at our school program, if a player is going to suffer an injury, now is probably the best time it could happen."
Daugherty said he's talked with IU Coach Tom Crean since the injury occurred, and will do so again as soon as the extent of the injury is known.
"(Crean) is aware that Derek has been hurt, and he's been very supportive of him," Daugherty said. "I'm just trying to keep everyone down there updated on what we know. As soon as we know the details, we'll pass it along to them."
Crean got one of his first chances to see Elston play a couple of weeks ago at the Top 100 Showcase in Indianapolis. In his first day on the road recruiting as IU's head coach, Crean sat courtside to see the standout who averaged 19.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 3.4 assists as a junior.
"The one thing that Derek has that really sets him apart from other players in the area is his ability to do so many things well," Daugherty said. "I know as he continues to improve…that's something that's going to make him a really elite player at this level and at (the collegiate) level. He can do an awfully lot of important things well."
Elston To Undergo MRI Today
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