Archive for Tuesday, March 25, 1997

HAASE TO UNDERGO WRIST SURGERY

March 25, 1997

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Kansas University senior Jerod Haase will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair a scaphoid fracture in his right wrist.

The surgery, officially termed "an open fixation of the scaphoid bone," will be performed at the KU Medical Center by doctor Bruce Toby, the same doctor who last September repaired torn ligaments in senior guard Jacque Vaughn's right wrist.

KU trainer Mark Cairns said Toby would likely insert a small screw and bone graft material in Haase's wrist and also fix dislocations in Haase's middle and ring fingers of the right hand. He jammed those fingers many times during his college career.

"It's time for surgery. We've waited long enough. When it gets to the point where the pain is so bad it affects your everyday life, it's time," Cairns said.

Cairns said Haase, who broke a bone in his wrist during KU's season opener at Santa Clara, has experienced pain "driving his car, opening the car door, everyday things you take for granted."

Cairns said Haase would wear a cast for three months, meaning he'll miss the NBA's pre-draft camps in Chicago and Virginia, which take place in April and May.

However, after several weeks of rehab, Haase definitely will be ready for rookie preseason camp in September.

"There is no good time for Jerod to get it done," Cairns said. "Jerod has a desire to play on the next level. All indications are after rehab he'll be fine. After three months he'll go into range of motion. It is definitely a tough rehab."

Haase says the pain in his wrist was severe in Hawaii for the Maui Classic then subsided until he reinjured the wrist in the Nebraska game on Feb. 1. The pain lessened again then became unbearable last weekend at the Southeast Regional in Birmingham, Ala.

"Nobody knows for sure," Cairns said, asked why the pain became so intense last week. "Time finally catches up with you. The inflammation process in the wrist, it's believed for two or three months it feels OK, then it goes down the toilet after that and surgery is required."

  • Decisions, decisions: Ryan Humphrey, a 6-8 senior from Tulsa Washington High, has told the Tulsa World he will announce his college choice on April 9, the first day of the month-long, late signing period. Humphrey, who has visited KU, USC, Pittsburgh and Michigan, is still planning on taking a final visit. Candidates for that trip: Arkansas, Villanova, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Indiana, Clemson, Tulsa and Oklahoma State. Robyn Humphrey, a basketball forward who will attend the same school as her twin brother, has visited Michigan and has a visit scheduled for Arkansas.

  • Baron Davis, 6-3 of Santa Monica (Calif.) Crossroads High may announce his choice on his birthday, April 13, or later if he makes campus visits to Georgia Tech, Duke and Michigan. He's also considering KU and UCLA.

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