Jitim Dislocates Finger - May Face Surgery

NU Forward/Guard <b>Jitim Young</b> jammed his finger in the 2nd half of the <b>Ohio State</b> game Saturday. <p>He couldn't finish the game, and now word comes from Columbus that this one could be serious...

Calling it the "worse dislocation" he's ever had, NU Junior Guard [and lately Forward] Jitim Young returned to Evanston last night facing Xrays and possible surgery on his left middle finger, somthing that would effectively end his playing for the Wildcats this season. [The information was reported in the Chicago Sun-Times this morning]

The injury was forced Young out of the game against Ohio State, and essentially allowed the Buckeyes to go on a game winning run to end the game. Young, playing forward to allow Mohamed Hachad minutes at guard, is second on the Wildcat team in both scoring [11.6 ppg] and rebounding [35 offensive 45 defensive 79 total]

Jitim's is just one more injury that has plagued the Cats in the 2002-03 season. Early in the season Senior Forward Winston Blake strained his ankle and is just now returning to his early season form.

In the first game, Soph forward Vedran Vukusic re-injured his shoulder, requiring surgery that ended his season.

Both of NU's projected post players have also battled injury; Senior Center Aaron Jennings practice time has been hampered by Shin Splints, and Freshman Center Ivan Tolic has yet to play due to tendonitis in his knees.

At least two other Cats Jim Maley and Evan Seacat have also  had to deal with ankle sprains earlier in the season.

More information is expected today, Sunday, but the banged up Cats get to finally play a home game - entertaining Indiana Wednesday at 8 PM Central.
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