by Mason Raven
The injury bug has hit the Eagle basketball team hard.
Senior center Chandler Nelson broke his wrist during a summer workout but is just now beginning to practice again.
Nelson is the tallest player on the team listed at 6’4″ so his absence in the paint could expose their defense.
“Any injury is unfortunate, but I am going to bounce back stronger than ever,” Nelson said. “I have high expectations for this upcoming season.”
Junior Jamie Keating broke his ankle a few weeks prior to the beginning of the preseason. Although he is almost fully recovered, the question of how he will perform post-injury still looms.
Junior Joshua Reece dislocated his shoulder during a preseason practice and is out for a couple of weeks. Reece, along with Keating and senior PJ Pane, is one of the only returning lettermen for the Eagles.
“My shoulder kept me out of contact on the court for four weeks, but my range of motion, shooting motion and arm extension was not affected,” Reece said. “I have made both of my shoulders stronger than ever, so the aggression will be there when I am on the court.”
The Eagles are hurting for a leader. PJ Pane answered the call.
As team captain Pane feels as though he needs to step up and give the team much-needed optimism.
“When things get tough we need to come together as a team,” Pane said. “I believe that we will be able to overcome injuries both now and in the future..”
The Eagles open the season with the University of St. Thomas Basketball tournament starting Nov. 1.