Bloomington – IU commit Derek Elston will be sidelined for approximately three months after undergoing successful knee surgery Wednesday night.
The Tipton (Ind.) H.S. standout suffered a torn lateral meniscus at an AAU event in Ft. Wayne Saturday night. Tipton H.S. Coach Travis Daugherty said everything went according to plan with Wednesday's surgery, and Elston should be "as good as new" and experience no long-term effects from the injury.
Elston will be in a permanent brace and on crutches for approximately six weeks before being able to start walking in July.
While Elston's injury has derailed many of his summer AAU plans, Daugherty said there is some relief in knowing it wasn't as bad as many originally feared.
"I think from the beginning everyone has been hoping for the best and preparing for the worst," Daugherty said. "When you look at the context of knee injuries, it's not as bad as it could have been. That's encouraging, but he won't be able to do a lot of the things he was hoping to do this summer. That's tough on him with how competitive he is."
Daugherty has been in regular contact with IU Coach Tom Crean about Elston's injury, and Daugherty said the first-year coach's positive approach has been a source of comfort for Elston as well.
"Even before the injury, he's been really excited about Derek and shown it when talking about Derek's future," Daugherty said. "Even through the injury, I've enjoyed how positive he's been about everything. This is no different. He's communicated with Derek and given him a sense of confidence that no matter what happens we'll move forward and get through this."
The 6-8, 205-pound Elston was the first player to commit to IU for the 2009 class, having originally pledged to former Coach Kelvin Sampson. Elston averaged 19.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 3.4 assists as a junior, helping lead Tipton H.S. to a 21-3 record.
Elston Undergoes Successful Knee Surgery
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