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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.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Offseason injury news

The three-game Canadian exhibition was supposed to be a good test for Oakland's freshmen, but it could prove to be a good test of coach Greg Kampe's patience. It seems junior forward Drew Valentine triggered an old knee injury on a dunk attempt, which needed surgery to repair cartilage. Kampe said his staff wouldn't know Valentine's status for the upcoming season for 6-8 weeks. Valentine is once again expected to be the glue in the Grizzlies' starting lineup.
"We're in a lot of trouble if he can't play," Kampe said.
Surgeons removed a quarter-sized piece of cartilage in a procedure Kampe called "fairly complicated."
Kampe said he is planning at this point to have Valentine available when the season rolls around.
If that wasn't big enough injury news, point guard Reggie Hamilton had a growth removed from his chest this week. Hamilton's family has a history of breast cancer, Kampe said. Hamilton also has a lingering hip problem and Kampe is hoping the rest between now and the beginning will help rest his gunslinging PG.
"I'm probably the only one who is healthy," joked Kampe, who had double knee replacement surgery in May.
Practice begins in October and the Grizzlies open the season vs. Spring Arbor at the O'rena Nov. 3.


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