Earlier this season, Wichita State Shockers forward Anton Grady suffered a serious spinal cord injury and was stretchered off the court. Grady suffered a spinal concussion and remained in the hospital for days.
There has been discussion about whether Grady will return to the court this season and Shockers head coach Gregg Marshall recently discussed the possibility.
There is still plenty of uncertainty regarding Grady and the possibility is there that he may not return this year.
“He jogged the other day during shootaround before the Utah game,” Marshall told the ESPNU college basketball podcast Monday. “He said he got a headache, so they shut him down and put him back to base zero. . . . I’ve never heard of a spinal concussion, but what I’m learning is that you treat it like a head concussion. You have the same protocol to get back into activity.
“He’s back at full strength now, but he doesn’t look great. His look, to me, is not the same. It’s shaken him a little bit, so even when he gets back to full health, I think there’s going to be a mental part that he’s going to have to overcome.
Honestly, when things like this happen, I just block it out of my mind. I give them all of the support that you can verbally, but I never talk to them about their injuries. I go on with the guys that are healthy because I never want to be the guy that was pushing for a player to come back before he’s ready. I don’t know if he ever will come back, but if he does it’ll just be a bonus.”
Grady’s loss has been a big one for Wichita State and it’s unfortunate that the team had to deal with this type of situation so early in the year.
However, this is the type of thing that builds character. And if the Shockers can overcome the loss of a valuable, senior leader, they can overcome anything on the court.
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