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An update on Ryan Luther’s injury

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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.

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Author: Kevin Gorman

Kevin Gorman is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media who covers Western Pennsylvania prep sports in an interactive, multimedia platform. He hosts a show from 2-3 p.m. every Friday on TribLIVE Radio, does the Skylights Spotlight segment for WPXI-TV during football season and is a contributor to WPXI's The Final Word. Gorman joined the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in August 1999 and has been a sports columnist since September 2009. He won Pennsylvania Newspaper Association first-place awards for sports columns in 2011 and '12, and has covered the Super Bowl and Stanley Cup Final twice each, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the Rose, Citrus and Sun bowls and the Big East and NCAA basketball tournaments. Gorman spent three years as the Pitt football beat writer, two as Pitt basketball beat writer and seven years covering high school sports and recruiting. He also has served as color analyst for FSN Pittsburgh/Root Sports on the WPIAL football and basketball championships and as guest analyst for its Trib Total Media High School Edition. Gorman has worked at newspapers in Memphis, Phoenix, Dallas and Kansas City, which makes him something of an expert on barbecue and sunscreen. A graduate of Baldwin High School and Penn State University, Gorman has a son, Kieran, and comes from a large Irish-Catholic family whose roots are in Greenfield and Mt. Washington. Don’t be surprised if you run into one of his cousins; considering there are more than 100, be surprised if you don’t. Email kgorman@tribweb.com or follow on Twitter @KGorman_Trib.

 
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