Well, with all of the NFL Draft news going on, some sad news to report out of the shooty hoops corner, as MLive's David Drew broke this disheartening news today:
Former WMU basketball C Shayne Whittington breaks bone, tears ligament during training session yesterday.— David Drew (@Drew_on_WMU) May 9, 2014
There is some good news though. As Drew was fairly hush-hush about what ligament was torn (ACL or MCL highly speculative), his follow-up article confirms it's just a foot ligament. That's a huge break, as ACL tears usually sideline athletes for at least a year, with the average athlete needing about two years to return to 100% capacity. For a player like Whittington, who already had small NBA Draft hopes despite a solid PIT showing, that would be a killer blow.
The bad news? The All-MAC big man broke his fibula, one of the two major bones in your legs. That'll sideline him for at least two months between surgery and recovery whilst in a cast. After that, it just becomes all physiology. He'll have to keep a lot of weight off of his leg for a couple weeks, but could be ready to go by the time August rolls around and NBA teams are running try-outs.
So while it is highly unlikely Whittington now gets picked in next month's NBA Draft, the former Bronco could still get some good looks come pre-season. It'll all depend on the severity of, and recovery from, the fibula break. Should he return to full strength, look for teams needing a big man with range to give him a good look at potential roster position.