The Spartan Nation was aware earlier in the year that super freshman G Gary Harris sustained a should injury. What they didn’t know was that right before Christmas and prior to the Texas game he sustained another.
Tom Izzo dropped the news today. He said, “Everyone knows that he had the shoulder injury, but he had another one on the right side and the same things. It’s just been a struggle. I told him at halftime that he is the only guard I have ever had that didn’t have a rebound in a half. He’s not as aggressive as he needs to be and I thought he showed more aggression at least to shoot the ball and score the ball, take the ball to the basket and defensively he has been very very good.”
He got into more detail about the injury when pressed. When asked if the injury was the same as the first he said, “It’s not the same, but I don’t think it’s fair to him not to tell you. This one came out and really was a problem and he missed time and practice. The other one just kind of popped out and popped back in real quickly and that was on the right side. He’s dealt with it, he’s handled it, but I will tell you what. There are things you can say and you can’t say in this job because you don’t want to give things away, but I sit there and watch that kid the other day and I am amazed how far he has come considering the injuries that he has had. Incredible feat. I go to Dawson that way too and even Trice, but Gary’s you definitely saw some of the shooting fall off, but now in the last couple days I think he has been much better.”
Izzo expounded, “The second one happened definitely before Christmas, before the Texas game right around that time. He’s actually a very good rebounding guard; you just haven’t seen that yet. Yet he hasn’t been in a rebounding drill in a month and a half since the first one happened or a month. Whatever it has been. So I think Gary is going to get better and better now as his right one, which wasn’t as bad is getting better and better.”
It is a well-known fact that once shoulders start to pop out that the risk of it happening again grows exponentially. Izzo was asked if that is a germane fear now with Harris. He said, “Yes. There is a fear. I have been trying to get him to wear a brace on the left side at least in practice. It is a catch 22. He doesn’t like it. He is tough kid not to want to wear it, but so was RGIII yesterday. The other point that doctors bring up is that if you are wearing it, it isn’t really getting stronger, it’s getting aided. I see him getting better and better, I don’t see it, I don’t know if it will happen again. We had a couple of guys when it did, and had to deal with it then, but Gary Harris has made some unbelievable progress considering what he has been through.”