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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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Kevin Gorman is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media who covers the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, college and prep sports in an interactive, multimedia platform. His family roots to Pittsburgh run four generations deep, a story steeped in the city’s history. His ancestors worked in the steel mill and on the railroad, invented Austin’s household products and walked the beat as a city cop. A street in Oakland is named for his great-grandfather, who was a Pittsburgh Police captain. That street, as pictured, was the inspiration for the name of this blog. Gorman joined the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in August 1999, became a sports columnist in September 2009 and has won multiple Pennsylvania Newspaper Association awards for his sports columns. He has covered the Steelers in the Super Bowl and Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final, the Pirates in the Major League Baseball playoffs, as well as the MLB All-Star Game, the U.S. Open at Oakmont, the Rose, Capital One, Citrus and Sun bowls, the ACC, Big East and NCAA basketball tournaments and WPIAL and PIAA championship events. Gorman has been the beat writer for Pitt football and men’s and women’s basketball, and has covered high school sports and recruiting. He served as color analyst for FSN Pittsburgh/Root Sports for the WPIAL football and basketball championships and as guest analyst for the Trib Total Media High School Edition. A graduate of Baldwin High School and Penn State University, Gorman has worked at newspapers in Memphis, Phoenix, Dallas and Kansas City. He has a son, Kieran, and comes from a large Irish-Catholic family whose roots are in Oakland, 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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