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More on Hayes and Goins

Senior guard Eric Hayes and sophomore forward Steve Goins are expected to take the court tomorrow when the team begins its first official practice of the season despite injuries that limited each player since the beginning of the semester.

Hayes suffered a turf toe injury on his right foot while playing in a pickup game about two months ago. He said he didn't think much of the injury when it initially occurred and played again the following day. After persistent pain, he went to the team trainers and had them look at it.

"It hurts when you walk around," Hayes said. "You can't really bend your toe at all. When you bend your toe back, it's pretty much the worst pain you get. It's just a painful thing to walk around with."

Hayes wore a protective boot until two weeks ago and has been doing some light running since then.

"I haven't really tried to go full-tilt yet," Hayes said. "I've been doing a lot of (stationary) biking and a lot of elliptical-type things just to keep my conditioning up."

When Hayes takes the court for practice tomorrow he'll be wearing a customized orthotic device in his right shoe that will help support the toe, according to team trainer J.J. Bush. The device is called a turf toe plate and it consists of a piece of 20-gauge sheet metal.

"It's not very thick, but it's built into the orthotic so that it will help stiffen it up a little bit and take some of the pressure off when he hyperextends his toe," Bush said. "It limits the flexibility in his toe, so he can't push off on it as much."

Bush said turf toe injuries tend to linger for longer periods of time in basketball players, as opposed to football players, because of the surface on which basketball is played.

"Football players have a little advantage because they're on a soft turf or a grass field, so it will give a little bit," Bush said. "The disadvantage with basketball is it's a hard surface, and the way that the injury occurs is when they hyperextend their toe, so they bend it all the way back. In basketball, when you do that you're pushing off, so every time they push off, if it's a serious enough injury it's going to cause pain and it's going to reduce the amount of power that they're going to have to push off."

As for Goins, he underwent surgery in his home town of Chicago in August under the patella tendon in his knee to clear out some loose bodies that had built up since suffering a knee injury in high school.

Prior to the surgery, Goins said he had worked out for six weeks in College Park with the team's strength and conditioning coach, Paul Ricci, in order to improve his physical stamina. "My conditioning, that was the main problem last year," said Goins, who noted he lost "at least 15 pounds."

But once he went back home to Chicago and started working out with his former AAU coaches, the knee started giving him some problems. According to Bush, Goins saw a physician in Chicago, who referred Goins to an orthopedic doctor in the area. After undergoing an MRI exam, it was decided Goins needed surgery to remove the loose particles. Following the procedure, Goins could not return to the court until Oct. 5.

"He's rehabbing it pretty well," Bush said. "He's worked really hard the last couple of days, so we'll just have to see when we start practicing everyday whether he can do everything or whether we have to adjust it a little bit just based on how his knee reacts."

One last bit of injury news: Senior forward Landon Milbourne said he is completely recovered from ankle surgery he underwent in May. Milbourne said he "had a whole lot of problems" with the ankle last season, but that all is well now.

By Steve Yanda  |  October 16, 2009; 10:04 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

Agreee with Russtinator's post on Bowie. He is a silent killer. In the big wins last year, Bowie had big games. Tucker is a contributor as well.

The big swing factor for this team will be effective depth in the bigs. GW is still looking at LM as a 4/3 with DG proving himself an adequate depth 4 at the very least. Assuming the freshmen (esp. Williams) can contribute we should be at 4. However if LM is allowed to play 3, I think he is all-acc at the end of the year with a monster season. Since Burney is gone, we would need Goins to provide quality single-digit minutes if we truly hope to have a monster season. Good news on his recovery form injury and improved stamina.

25+ wins this year and no bubble drama in March.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | October 16, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Huge,

Back court looks very solid: GV, Hayes (even with the turf toe), Bowie and Mosley. Dino won't be all-ACC, but will provide quality minutes. Milbourne looks solid. Word is that Jordan Williams is already a physcial presence in the paint and Padge is quicker than most thought, with Gary comparing him to James Gist. So, I think the frosh bigs can do the defense and rebound thing right away which will increase Landon's effectiveness.

Not expecting much from Goins or Kim.

I am predicting more than 20 wins, but less than 25 wins and at least getting past the 1st round in the NCAAs.

Posted by: larry31 | October 16, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Forgot about Tucker. He provides great depth given that he can play the 2 or 3 position.

Posted by: larry31 | October 16, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, Kim is still on the team. Great story about the walk-on on Testudo Times today. 6'6" with a 4.0 GPA.

Posted by: HughGRection | October 16, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Walk-ons name is Ersin Levent:

http://www.testudotimes.com/

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | October 16, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I like the new set up, it's great!

Terps win 42-39 and .500-Fridge keeps his job for another weak.

Go Duke

Posted by: Poopy-McPoop | October 16, 2009 10:21 AM

Just win it. Do not care how. Just beat the Wahoos.

"Go Duke??" - Poopy, you certainly do not support Duke football do you?

Can I ask a question to the caucasians on this board? Why do y'all hate the white boys from Duke so much? I've met Alarie and he is a real nice guy. I understand Laettner and Hurley but they were there back when the skins were still decent. I really do not get the animosity towards them. Or do y'all hate ALL Duke players regardless of ethnicity?

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | October 16, 2009 11:19 AM

C'mon Hugh, don't fall for the fake-poopy's ruse. His name has a dash between poopy and mcpoop while I have the underscore. To see which one has been around longer (and thus the "original") just go back into some archives and see which one has been around longer.

Poopy_McPoop = me

Poopy-McPoop = some pathetic slob who is upset that I expect greatness from my alma-mater and who just enjoys being a middle-of-the-road ACC team. It's probably his/her hopes that I just get so darn frustrated and fed-up with having to constantly explain who is the real and fake one that I just give up and leave the Post forever. Of course that ain't happening so.........

And to answer your previous question about why we hate duke, it's because they're duke. They can be white kids, black kids, asian kids, moon children, whatever, they're dukies so they're hated. Much like the Cowboys. You just hate 'em. Sure Troy Aikman may be the 2nd coming of Jesus but he's a Cowboy so you dislike him.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 16, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

How do I feel?

NCAA Championship or bust.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 15, 2009 2:35 AM
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Poop,
Your post confirms the fact that you are a moron.

Posted by: aviscardo | October 15, 2009 9:48 AM
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See this is what I'm talking about. I guess to not rock the boat I should've said:

3rd/4th in the ACC behind Duke, UNC, and another school. We finish with a 22 wins and make it to the Sweet-16 before getting knocked out. Talk about an awesome season for our Terps..........

I swear it's mind-boggling. Like if you're a parent and you're kid comes home with a C+ in a class. Is said parent okay with that or does said parent want his/her child to achieve better results in the classroom? Of course this may be why the U.S. has fallen so far behind, in terms of academics.

So, again it's NCAA title or bust. Just like with the:

'Skins - Super Bowl win or bust
United - MLS title or bust
Caps - Stanley Cup or Bust
'Zards - NBA title or bust
O's - World Series win or bust

Obviously the 'Skins, DCU, and O's 2009 seasons are busts. Sure I could pull out some minor highlights from DCU and the O's seasons but ultimately they didn't do enough to win so their season is a bust.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 16, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to see what Gary can do with this group!

Posted by: lavar609 | October 16, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Poopy_ vs. Poopy- = Same s____, different name.

Like this team with a capital L. 25 wins, at least 2nd-3rd in ACC, sweet-16. Hey, you can't win it all the time, not even if you're Coach K or Roy or Calhoun.

So glad basketball is back. Takes my mind off a depressing f-ball season.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | October 16, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Poop,
To say this team has the ability to win the NCAA Championship is moronic at best. We all want the Terps to win the National Championship each year. However, most of us realize this can't be done. It's called being delusional and leads to idiots calling for Gary and Ralph's head each year even though they are both the best thing that ever happened to both programs. To say that anything less than the National Championship this year is unacceptable confirms my belief that you are either a child or are writing from you computer terminal in the checkout line from Walmart.

Posted by: aviscardo | October 17, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Poop, you just got served

Posted by: Barno1 | October 17, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Hey barny, who got served today at the UMD/VA game? It wasn't .500-Fridge was it?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 17, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love fans who set the bar low. Makes it easier to stomach an average team.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 17, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Koolaid Drinkers Hall of Mediocrity Shame...

Barno is GW and tenure rules!

Posted by: petecard | October 20, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

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