Oklahoma City John Marshall High School's J.R. Giddens, right, tries to block Hazlewood Central High School's, St. Louis, Kalen Grimes during the first half at the 22nd annual KMOX shootout Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002, at the Savvis Center in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
OKLAHOMA CITY— Giddens, 17, a senior at John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City, who signed with the Jayhawks in November, will likely miss his team's next four games. He will be re-evaluated by his doctor on Jan. 28 and could return to action later that night vs. Southeast High School.
To date, Giddens had been averaging 22 points and 10 rebounds for Class 5A's top-ranked John Marshall, which fell to 8-2 last night after a 68-62 loss to Millwood, which is ranked fourth in Class 3A.
Phog.net: When was your first injury diagnosed?
Giddens: "I went to the doctor on Monday (Jan. 13) and
he told me I had a stress fracture (in my left foot). The doctor didn't
seem too worried about it, but he said it'd probably been fractured for
a month or a couple of weeks. I didn't know back then, so I just kept
playing on it."
Phog.net: How serious is the stress fracture?
Giddens: Giddens: "I'm in a boot right now and I'm supposed to stay off it for (the next week or two), but I'm expecting a full recovery. The injury definitely affected my game, because it's in my jumping leg. Hopefully, I'll be back on the court at the end of this month, maybe sooner."
Phog.net: When did you first notice considerable discomfort in your foot?
Giddens: "I really don't remember hurting it, but I first noticed the pain during the Northeast game (on Jan. 7). It'd been hurting me before that (in December), but I just played through it."
Phog.net: What are your thoughts on the injury? Will it bother you in the long-term?
Giddens: "It's disappointing, but it won't bother me forever. If I had to, I really could play right now, but there's no sense risking further injury. I gotta do what I gotta do to get healthy. For now, that means not playing."
Phog.net: After everything you've been through in the
past month, what's your status both physically and emotionally?
Giddens: "Besides the injury, I'm fine. All I want to do is play basketball. I don't want to dwell on the past. I just want to move forward and win my team a state championship."
Phog.net: Have you been in contact with the Kansas basketball staff since the injury?
Giddens: "Yes, and Coach Williams has been very supportive. He's stuck with me and I really appreciate that. I'm really looking forward to playing at Kansas."