Capobianco To Undergo Surgery Today

Bloomington – The smallest of bones is going to sideline one of the biggest members of IU's 2009 recruiting class for a couple of weeks.

Bloomington – The smallest of bones is going to sideline one of the biggest members of IU's 2009 recruiting class for a couple of weeks.

Six-foot-eight, 230-pound Bobby Capobianco is scheduled to undergo surgery today to repair a broken bone in his fifth metatarsal – or pinkie toe. Capobianco originally suffered the injury about a month ago when he landed on another player's foot following an alley-oop dunk, and a recent x-ray revealed the break.

"I'm not really that bothered by pain, so I was like, ‘my foot hurts, but no big deal,'" Capobianco said. "I kept playing on it and my mom said we should probably get it x-rayed."

The surgery is considered to be very minor and isn't expected to have any impact on his availability for his Loveland (Ohio) H.S. team this winter. He'll be wearing a protective boot and be on crutches for a couple of weeks, but will return in plenty of time to rejoin his high school team before the season starts.

"It's something I've been able to play on, but the doctors said they'd rather get it done now so I don't hurt it further during the season," Capobianco said. "By getting it done now, I won't have any more problems with it moving forward."

Capobianco talked to IU Coach Tom Crean Tuesday about a handful of topics, including the surgery. But the first-year IU coach also wanted to re-assure the big man that there's nothing to be concerned about with his spot in the Hoosiers' 2009 recruiting class. Indiana has received verbal commitments from six players thus far, meaning they're planning to "oversign" by one for the class.

While that means someone either on the current roster or in the current recruiting class won't have one of the 13 scholarships to use next season, Crean wanted to assure Capobianco that he has nothing to be concerned about.

"Coach told me that we are one over, but that I was a huge piece of the puzzle and I shouldn't be worried about my spot," Capobianco said.

Capobianco admits that before the conversation with Crean there was a small bit of concern on his part simply due to the fact IU does appear likely to oversign, but Crean put any doubts to rest with their conversation.

"When I think about it, Coach Crean called me three days after he took the (IU) job and said I was a guy he wanted on his team, and he's one of the most honest guys I've ever met," Capobianco said. "He recruited me, so I was never really worried about my spot being in jeopardy."


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