Bloomington – Derek Elston is breathing a big sigh of relief this afternoon.
An MRI revealed that the IU-bound 6-8, 205-pound forward from Tipton (Ind.) H.S. suffered a tear of the meniscus in his left knee, and not a tear of a knee ligament as many initially feared.
"It's good news," Tipton H.S. Coach Travis Daugherty said this afternoon. "The doctor doesn't know the severity of the tear, and it will be difficult to establish a timeframe on his return until he sees it. But his ACL is okay."
Elston suffered the injury Saturday night in an AAU game in Ft. Wayne, and had the MRI Monday morning. Daugherty said Elston will undergo surgery "as soon as possible," which will likely be in a matter of days.
Depending on the severity of the tear, Daugherty said Elston should be back on the basketball court in anywhere from 1-3 months, and his senior season at Tipton no longer appears to be in jeopardy.
"His plan is to have the surgery as soon as possible and rehab it and then see if he can still be a part of some of his plans for the summer," Daugherty said.
Elston averaged 19.8 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists as a junior, helping lead Tipton to a 21-3 record. He figures to be one of the top candidates for Indiana's Mr. Basketball Award this season along with the likes of North Montgomery's D.J. Byrd, Lawrence North's Stephan Van Treese and Batesville's Colt Ryan, among others.
MRI Reveals Good News for Elston
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