Elston upbeat while progressing from knee surgery

  • 06/25/2008 6:36 pm in

Derek ElstonDerek Elston, the first player to commit to Indiana’s 2009 class, suffered a torn miniscus in his left knee and underwent surgery on May 22nd. While the injury has kept the Tipton senior-to-be sidelined, Elston remains upbeat and he talked to Inside the Hall about the rehab process, a timetable for his return and his future in Bloomington.

“I go to the hospital Monday through Wednesday every week. I do certain types of leg lifts and next week I should be doing some running in the pool,” Elston said. “Now that it’s been a while (since the surgery), sometimes I’ll put my crutches down and get some shots in to keep me occupied. It gets kind of rough out there. I can’t sit there and watch, I hate knowing that I can’t do anything about it.”

As far as his return to the floor, Elston will miss the rest of the AAU season, but hopes to be at full strength this winter.

“They’ve said a few things. Late November, somewhere around the beginning of the season, that’s when I should be at full health. In terms of when I get to go and start doing things where I don’t have to use my crutches, I’m not really sure. By next Monday, I should be off my crutches completely so we may start doing some stuff then.”

Although Elston committed to Indiana under a different coaching staff, he’s built a strong relationship with the new staff and his recent conversations with Tom Crean have centered around his health rather than basketball.

“After my surgery, we really haven’t talked about basketball. He’s told me he can’t wait for me to come down there and play, but really he’s just concerned about getting me healthy,” Elston said. “We actually have a tournament (in Bloomington) the 28th and 29th, so I’m just going to go down there and hang out with the guys.”

Elston is also excited about his future teammates who have joined him in the 2009 class: Bobby Capobianco, Jordan Hulls and Maurice Creek.

“I’ve played against Jordan and Bobby in AAU and those guys are so good. Bobby is a big, big kid and Jordan, I just watched him play in an All-Star game and he’s amazing. Maurice, I’ve talked to him a bit and we’ve just talked about playing with each other and things like that.”

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  • jgongora86

    I don't know much about our 2008 class so i'll keep silent. I do know about the players from the 2009 class and each of them are bulldogs ( not even joking here), and they can be the epitome of what you should start with in order to build back a proud tradition of iu athletics.

  • jgongora86

    I don't know much about our 2008 class so i'll keep silent. I do know about the players from the 2009 class and each of them are bulldogs ( not even joking here), and they can be the epitome of what you should start with in order to build back a proud tradition of iu athletics.

  • Ryan_T

    I absolutely agree. I can't wait to see what other kids he gets for 2009, but so far I'm already very impressed. Also, I think Crean's recruiting will REALLY shine for the 2010 season… I'm excited to see who he's able to snatch up when that time comes.

  • Ryan_T

    I absolutely agree. I can't wait to see what other kids he gets for 2009, but so far I'm already very impressed. Also, I think Crean's recruiting will REALLY shine for the 2010 season… I'm excited to see who he's able to snatch up when that time comes.

  • Kelin Blab

    Ditto…Elston is a bad ass, creek is a scoring machine, hulls is a solid solid point, Bobby C will be a great surprise, and Rivers is a solid player…….and when Roger Franklin signs this class will be top 10

  • Kelin Blab

    Ditto…Elston is a bad ass, creek is a scoring machine, hulls is a solid solid point, Bobby C will be a great surprise, and Rivers is a solid player…….and when Roger Franklin signs this class will be top 10

  • ChiCityHoosier

    is the banner for ITH new? if so, i love it. nice goin, crew

  • ChiCityHoosier

    is the banner for ITH new? if so, i love it. nice goin, crew

  • hoosier07

    ditto, LOVE the new banner on the homepage

    couldn't be happier with the way the 2009 class is shaping up — my only concern is the number of scholarships we are going to have remaining —

    Big A, any update on the projected number??

  • hoosier07

    ditto, LOVE the new banner on the homepage

    couldn't be happier with the way the 2009 class is shaping up — my only concern is the number of scholarships we are going to have remaining —

    Big A, any update on the projected number??

  • Kelin Blab

    I like the banner too, but Daniel Moore on it would have been better, but since he sucked in BOTH indiana all star games, I am officially off the D moore bandwagon

  • Kelin Blab

    I like the banner too, but Daniel Moore on it would have been better, but since he sucked in BOTH indiana all star games, I am officially off the D moore bandwagon

  • There are 12 scholarship players for 2009-2010 as of right now, so if the NCAA takes away another scholarship, something will have to give.

    On the flip side, if we get back to 13 for 2009-2010, we'll have one to give.

    I try not to worry about these types of things because they always seem to work themselves out. If there is a player the staff wants badly enough, they'll figure out a way to get it done.

    So right now my best answer would be, wait and see what the NCAA does and we should have a better idea.

  • There are 12 scholarship players for 2009-2010 as of right now, so if the NCAA takes away another scholarship, something will have to give.

    On the flip side, if we get back to 13 for 2009-2010, we'll have one to give.

    I try not to worry about these types of things because they always seem to work themselves out. If there is a player the staff wants badly enough, they'll figure out a way to get it done.

    So right now my best answer would be, wait and see what the NCAA does and we should have a better idea.

  • hoosier07

    Thanks! hopefully we hear from the NCAA sooner than later considering they already told Meyer he's clear. Hopefully they tell IU the same thing and just hand down punishments on KS.

  • hoosier07

    Thanks! hopefully we hear from the NCAA sooner than later considering they already told Meyer he's clear. Hopefully they tell IU the same thing and just hand down punishments on KS.

  • B_MD

    Daniel, don't be too hard on yourself buddy:)

  • BGleas

    Daniel, don't be too hard on yourself buddy:)

  • hoosier07

    ditto, LOVE the new banner on the homepage

    couldn't be happier with the way the 2009 class is shaping up — my only concern is the number of scholarships we are going to have remaining —

    Big A, any update on the projected number??

  • Kelin Blab

    I like the banner too, but Daniel Moore on it would have been better, but since he sucked in BOTH indiana all star games, I am officially off the D moore bandwagon

  • There are 12 scholarship players for 2009-2010 as of right now, so if the NCAA takes away another scholarship, something will have to give.

    On the flip side, if we get back to 13 for 2009-2010, we'll have one to give.

    I try not to worry about these types of things because they always seem to work themselves out. If there is a player the staff wants badly enough, they'll figure out a way to get it done.

    So right now my best answer would be, wait and see what the NCAA does and we should have a better idea.

  • hoosier07

    Thanks! hopefully we hear from the NCAA sooner than later considering they already told Meyer he's clear. Hopefully they tell IU the same thing and just hand down punishments on KS.

  • BGleas

    Daniel, don't be too hard on yourself buddy:)