Since colliding knees with his teammate and landing awkwardly, in Detroit first game of the season against Rochester College. Detroit senior forward Patrick Onwenu has been sidelined with a knee injury that has kept him out so far this season.
Although, it has been frustrating a situation for Onwenu, to watch his teammates from the sideline. The Southfield product has already begun taking the steps to get back on the court. In fact, during Thursday’s practice, Onwenu took one more step in the right direction, as he took part some of the team five-on-five action for the first time since getting injured.
“I was going about 50 percent, so I couldn’t really test how good my knee really was but it definitely felt good to be back out there doing some five-on-five work.” Onwenu said after practice on Thursday. “All in all, I feel alright but when it comes to cutting or explosive movements I’m not there yet but my hope is that I will see an improvement.
“Right now, I’m waiting on another knee brace to get here which is one of the reasons why I have been limited. So once it gets here … I will try it out and see how comfortable it feels. However, for now I don’t know if I will play against Wichita State this Saturday.”
As much as I would love to see Onwenu back on the court this Saturday against No. 11 Wichita State, I am more than fine with him sitting out this Saturday, if that is what is best for him.
As I said before, Onwenu is considered by many to be a key piece to the Titans team, which is due to his consistent presence both on the boards and in the post. However, if Onwenu is not ready physically, there is no need to rush him back and risk more serious injury, which is why head coach Ray McCallum is more than fine with him taking his time.
“I think it’s a positive thing that he has been able to get back on the floor and start to do basketball type movements like catching and shooting the ball and running, so quickly” Coach McCallum replied. “I mean just getting back on the hardwood is good and it’s inspiring to see him moving around.”
“So hopefully a miracle can happen this weekend and we get him back, but if not we hope we can get him next week when we have three games in six days (on the road).”
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Producer of “The Morning Heat” on Hot 107.5 and Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit
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