TeMarcus Blanton is feeling substantially better than he did a few days ago, although there’s much progress to be made.
Still, when an injury is compared to Bo Jackson’s, he’s glad to hear any encouraging news.
Blanton was cleared to walk on an underwater treadmill on Wednesday and doctors have told him that everything looks to be healing the right way, according to South Carolina coach Frank Martin on his Thursday call-in show. The freshman, who suffered a hip injury two weeks before the season-opener, had heard the term “career-threatening” when it came to the severity of his injury.
“Just when you go through an injury with a lot of unknown that kind of enlightens your day a lot,” Martin said. “He’s ecstatic.”
Blanton spoke about his injury for the first time on Tuesday, adhering to Martin’s rule of not allowing freshmen to speak to the media until after their first semester. Blanton said that his injury had been talked about in similar context to Jackson’s career-ending knock, but that he tried not to worry about it.
A day later, he tweeted, “Got great news from the doctors today! Thank you God for answering my prayers. Recovery starts NOW!!!”
Martin clarified what Blanton meant on his radio show.
“He’s not going to allow that to hinder the spirit that he brings to the locker room every day,” Martin said. “He was as happy as happy can be after going through the last four months or so.”
Blanton, a 6-foot-5 guard, averaged 20.2 points and eight rebounds as a senior in high school.
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