Eli Holman just got done with a pre-game workout at the Schottenstein Center at OSU. Even though he’s wearing a cast on his left wrist, which is his shooting hand, he appears completely able to play. He is shooting well with that hand, catching hard passes one-handed, throwing the ball cross-court with it and using the hand on defense to push against a player he’s working out with.
I don’t understand this injury. I’ve never seen one like it, where a player is sidelined for most of a season but continues to practice using the injured part of his body as if he has no problems with it. In asking about Holman’s injury, we’ve never received specific information from IU about it. One IU official recently said he thinks Holman is wearing the cast because the wrist hasn’t healed as quickly as hoped and NCAA rules don’t allow players to play while wearing a cast. But for a guy whose wrist hasn’t healed, Holman looks really comfortable using it in these pre-game workouts.
Do any of you have medical expertise or experience with similar injuries that might help explain what is happening with Holman? With the troubles IU has had finding help for D.J. White inside, Holman could have provided another option but that apparently isn’t going to happen.