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Arizona freshman emerges unharmed from scary car accident

Jeff Eisenberg
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A finger injury can be nothing to scoff at for a basketball player who prides himself on an accurate jump shot, but excuse Arizona's Daniel Bejarano if he considers his hurt pinkie a major blessing.

The incoming freshman shooting guard told last month that he could have been in much worse shape after a major car wreck driving between Tucson and Phoenix.

Bejarano said that he was driving his car when the steering wheel locked up. His car swerved off the road and flipped three to four times. The car landed upside down. Paramedics arrived and attended to Daniel. He was flown to Maricopa Hospital where he was treated and released. Thankfully he was wearing his seat belt and avoided any major injuries. Obviously Bejarano was shaken up after the accident.

"I'm just shocked I made it out alive," said Bejarano. "I want my fans to know that I'm okay and that I love everybody. I think my dad was watching over me."

Aside from the tender pinkie and a few other bumps and bruies, Bejarano emerged from the accident so unscathed that it didn't really disrupt his preparation for the upcoming basketball season. In fact, Wildcats basketball operations director Ryan Reynolds told the Arizona Daily Star that Bejarano began working out again the day after the crash.

Although basketball is always secondary in an accident as scary as this one, it's certainly important for the Wildcats that Bejarano will be healthy and ready to contribute by the time the season tips off. Bejarano,'s No. 75 recruit in the Class of 2010, will likely compete for immediate playing time at wing along with Kyle Fogg and Kevin Parrom.

(Thanks, College Basketball Nation)

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