Thompson, Hunter remain out indefinitely

Freshmen forwards Race Thompson and Jerome Hunter remain out indefinitely as they recover from injuries that have sidelined them through the first third of Indiana’s season.

There is, however, some good news for the Hoosiers.

On his weekly radio show Monday, IU coach Archie Miller said that while Thompson remains under concussion protocol following his involvement in a collision during practice on Nov. 11, he is beginning to feel better. Thompson, a redshirt freshman, has appeared in only one game to date for the Hoosiers, playing four minutes in IU’s Nov. 9 win over Montana State.

“Race is feeling better for the first time,” Miller said. “Race was at practice a little bit (Monday). He hasn’t been at practice as much here recently, but yesterday he worked out twice, cardio-wise, and then (did) a little bit of weightlifting and had a positive response. So we’re pleased with that.”

Hunter, meanwhile, continues to recover from what IU is calling a “lower body condition” that has kept his college debut on hold. The former top-50 prospect underwent surgery on Nov. 14 in Cleveland and rejoined Indiana’s team in Bloomington around Thanksgiving.

Indiana has declined to disclose specifics of Hunter’s injury, citing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Because he’s yet to appear in a game for the Hoosiers this season, Hunter still has the option to take a redshirt year.

“Jerome, there’s no timetable for (his return),” Miller said. “He’s obviously recovering post-surgical procedure, so we’re just waiting to see how his recovery goes and how his therapy goes. So, TBD on both guys.”

4 comments

  1. Thompson’s concussion was obviously severe. I really feel bad for this young man. He red shirts last year, and this year he’s lost what will probably be at least half the season due to a concussion suffered in practice. He hasn’t even gotten to practice for a month, so even when he’s cleared medically, he’s not going to be ready to play much, if any. Most unlucky for this young man, but making sure he gets healthy is paramount.

  2. Hunter, meanwhile, continues to recover from what IU is calling a “lower body condition”

    Lower body condition? Hell, this could mean anything from a swollen bunion to thigh chaffing to skid marks due to major hemorrhoid inflammation at my house.

  3. Would that be the doctor’s diagnosis written on Race Thompson’s arm in the above provided photo? Who else writes in illegible cursive anymore?

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