Thursday, July 17, 2008

Austin Daye and Mangisto Arop Updates

-- Please feel free to disregard the "Diagnosis of Austin Daye's Injury" post a day ago. News has now surfaced that Austin Daye's injury is not as severe as was originally reported and that the Gonzaga star forward will only have his summer slightly affected by this injury.

His original diagnosis of a partially torn ACL came with a 6-12 month window of surgery, rehab, etc. Now, it appears that Austin will just need to sit down and relax for a few weeks while the injury takes care of itself and his knee gains strength. There is still a small tear and a bone bruise but that is something that rest and relaxation can handle quite easily.

It seems that the Zags have dodged another summertime bullet. We'll keep you updated on any further developments with Austin.

-- American born Gonzaga fans had a tough choice to make earlier today as they kept a close eye on the FIBA Americas Championships. Today's U-18 game featured the United States team and Zag commit Mangisto Arop's Canadian team. The United States defeated the Canadian team handily as they won 82-66. Arop did not go quietly as had had 21 of Canada's points in this game. He also came down with nine rebounds.

The United States U18 team is one of the deepest in it's history featuring high schools stars such as Kemba Walker, the Wear twins, Malcolm Lee, and JayMychal Green.

Arop is having an outstanding tournament as he is second in scoring 17.3 points per game, third in rebounding with ten a game, and first in free throw percentage where he has shot 91.7%.

Canada's final game will take place tomorrow against Puerto Rico as they play for the bronze medal.. In a game which should be excellent, the United States will go up against Argentina for the coveted gold medal.

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