D.J. White Injures Left Foot
Jan. 9, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana sophomore forward D.J. White injured his left foot against Ohio State and is out indefinitely, Indiana head coach Mike Davis announced on Jan. 9. While the injury is on the same foot he broke earlier this season, it is at a different location. The injury occurred during the second half of the Jan. 7 Ohio State game, when White was knocked to the floor and another player accidentally stepped on his foot while he was down.
White suffered a broken foot in the Hoosiers' Nov. 4 exhibition opener against St. Joseph's. He was sidelined until IU's Dec. 19 contest at Charlotte. In the five games he played this season, White averaged 9.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per contest. While White's absence hampers Indiana's depth, Davis feels this year's team has the talent to overcome such injuries.
"It is really disappointing, because D.J.'s previous injury had healed, and he was really coming on strong," Davis said. "This is a totally different situation than his previous injury, and it is unfortunate for any player to have to suffer two separate yet significant injuries through the course of the season.
"At the same time, our team has got to fill in for his absence," Davis continued. "We have the depth and talent inside to help fill his void. Sean Kline and Ben Allen have both played well throughout the early part of the season, and they are going to have to step up their game in his absence. Marco Killingsworth will also have a larger load to carry, but he has the talent to do so."
White also feels confident when it comes to filling the void inside.
"I am disappointed about the injury, but I think we have the type of team that rallies around these kind of things," White said. "We have several players who can step up inside with Marco, Ben, Sean and even Robert (Vaden). It will be hard watching from the bench again, but I am going to support my teammates and help in any way I am able to help."
White was the Hoosiers' top returning scorer and rebounder from a season ago. The 6-9, 242-pound forward averaged 13.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest in his rookie campaign. He was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2004-05, leading conference freshmen in scoring, field goal percentage and blocked shots.
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