Montrezl Harrell (Getty Images)
The Adidas Nations Camp produced a pair of heart-fluttering moments for Indiana and Louisville fans this weekend when wing Will Sheehey had to be helped off the floor with an ankle injury and forward Montrezl Harrell limped off clutching his right knee.
Will Sheehey (Getty Images)
Thankfully for both the Hoosiers and Cardinals, however, neither injury turned out to be especially serious.
Sheehey reportedly suffered a moderate ankle sprain after throwing down a big dunk in a counselor's game Sunday afternoon and landing on the player who was attempting to defend him. It's the same ankle that sidelined him for five games during the 2011-12 season, but this injury shouldn't keep the high-scoring senior off the court for more than a week or two.
Harrell underwent an MRI after a knee-to-knee collision with Kansas freshman Joel Embiid, but tests revealed no structural damage. Doctors diagnosed the promising sophomore with a hyperextended knee and said he will be able to return to practice within the next three weeks.
"No worries people in the ville," Harrell posted to Instagram. "I told you I'm going to be fine. All I have is a sprain. Nothing is going to keep me down [and] out [and] keep me [off] the court this year. I love this game [and] I have a family to take care of. I'm highly blessed."
That neither injury is serious is a huge relief to Indiana and Louisville fans since both Sheehey and Harrell are key players for their respective teams next season.
Sheehey will be expected to provide leadership and shoulder more of the scoring load for the Hoosiers with Jordan Hulls having graduated and Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller both in the NBA. Harrell must provide shot-blocking and rebounding for Louisville in the paint since starting center Gorgui Dieng left for the NBA.
Of course, the news from Adidas Nations Camp wasn't all injury-related for Louisville. Apparently returning star Russ Smith and point guard heir apparent Chris Jones had a memorable head-to-head duel during the counselor's game.
Jones had 26 points on 1o of 19 shooting against the ball-hawking Smith, but the senior still won bragging rights over the highly touted junior college transfer, scoring 23 points of his own and leading his team to the camp championship.
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