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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

First Maynard, now Cushingberry

(From an OU press release)

Junior Blake Cushingberry tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) during a practice last week. Cushingberry, a 6-foot-3 guard from Romeo will miss the entire 2010-11 season.

"I really feel bad for (him)," Oakland coach Greg Kampe said. He's had his best preseason of his career, he's in the best shape he's been in since he got here and played so well leading up to this injury. I feel bad for him and feel bad for our team, too, because he was going to be our defensive stopper and that is something we have been searching for on this team. We expect him to be back next season at full strength."

Cushingberry started in the final four games for the Golden Grizzlies last season and shot 43 percent beyond the arc in league play (23-53). He played in all 35 games for Oakland and averaged 4.7 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. More importantly, he scored a season-high 23 points in the semifinal game against IPFW at the Summit League Tournament, ending in double-figures scoring in two of the league tournament's three games.

During his career, Cushingberry has played in 71 games and made 19 starts. He is shooting 31 percent from three (67-219) and has 51 steals. He will have surgery on Monday, Nov. 22 at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.


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