Basketball Recruit Sidelined

Cam Thoroughman, the Portsmouth Oh. product who signed with the Mountaineers during the early signing period, was recently sidelined with torn cartlidge in his knee. But that won't stop the Clay High standout from enjoying his senior season, and rooting on his future school.

Prior to the injury Thoroughman was putting together a tremendous senior season for head coach Mike Ward. The versatile guard/forward was averaging 23 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, and four steals per game before going down on December 30th.

"I came down off of a dunk and landed wrong," Cam said in an exclusive interview with "I had a bone bruise on the other side of my knee from where it had bent. My foot stayed stationary but my knee didn't."

The result was a tear of the medial meniscus in his left knee. It's a common injury among athletes in all sports, and is correctable by surgery. Thoroughman had his operation on January 5, and is biding his time until he can begin rehabbing the injured knee.

"I'll be out for about six weeks," he said. "I start rehab in six more days I think, and I'll probably be back by the postseason.

"Through my third, fourth, and fifth weeks (of rehabilitation) I can ride a stationary bike to get some of my conditioning back," he said. "I'll work in a pool some too because it's kind of effortless for my knees.

He noted that he plans on attending WVU's annual game against Marshall on January 25 in Charleston, and could possibly make it to either the Cincinnati or Louisville games at the Coliseum in a few weeks. He's been keeping up with the current Mountaineers via TV this season.

"I didn't get a chance to watch the Villanova game, but I watched the Oklahoma game. They are playing pretty well right now and it's pretty exciting," he said.

He plans on enrolling at West Virginia for summer school to get aquainted with his new teammates, and his new surroundings.

"I'm going to summer school, and hopefully I'll build up some muscle this summer and in the preseason," he said.

Even though he's been sidelined by injury, Cam Throughman is still doing everything he can to prepare himself to be a Mountaineer.

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