A special thanks to Trib reporter (and new father) Jason Mackey (@Mackey_Trib) who covered the Hampton-North Allegheny game Wednesday night and shared the following report on injured Pitt recruit Ryan Luther:
Pitt fans, exhale.
Ryan Luther’s going to be OK in seven to 10 days.
The 6-foot-8 Hampton senior, who signed with the Panthers in November, sprained his ankle at practice Tuesday while running a routine, two-on-one drill.
While the injury kept him out of Wednesday’s 62-61 win over North Allegheny, Luther could return as soon as next Tuesday against New Castle.
“We’re hopeful,” Hampton coach Joe Lafko said. “It’s very doubtful for Friday. It’ll be a week next Tuesday. That’ll be probably the earliest.”
Which is around the time Lafko’s heart rate may settle down.
Luther’s injury “made me sick (Tuesday),” Lafko said. “Literally. My stomach did flip-flops.”
Don’t know quite what those are, but they sure don’t sound fun.
And in case you’re wondering what Lafko was doing having his team practice on a day when it was below zero, he’s got you covered.
“We have all kind of people taking blame for us,” Lafko said. “My principal blamed the athletic director for letting us practice. I blamed myself for even calling a practice. (Senior guard) Jack Obringer blamed Ryan because Ryan made the comment that Ryan was the only one who didn’t get injured last year. They thought it jinxed him. There was a lot of blame to go around, but it’s the way basketball goes.”
Luther committed to Pitt in late October, picking the Panthers over Dayton, Duquesne and George Washington. He averaged 21 points per game last winter while leading Hampton to the WPIAL finals for the second consecutive year.