Peter Jurkin will not return for July evaluation period

Peter Jurkin, the first recruit to join Indiana’s 2012 recruiting class, will miss the July evaluation as he continues to recover from a stress fracture in his right leg.

The Indiana Elite Twitter account released the following information on Jurkin earlier today:

Peter Jurkin will not play in the July summer period due to injury, a stress fracture to left shin he sustained during his school season. Peter rested this spring and his leg has improved. His doctors want him to improve his strength in his leg. Peter and his doctors think it’s best to continue to rehab and prepare for his senior season since he’s already committed. Despite some reports to the contrary, Peter will remain in the 2012 class at United Faith Christian.

At the adidas May Classic in May, Indiana Elite coach and A-HOPE founder Mark Adams said there was a possibility Jurkin could return for limited minutes in July.

The 7-foot, 210-pound native of the Sudan has not played since his high school season ended at United Faith Christian Academy in North Carolina.

Related:

- Jurkin’s right leg improving, could return for July (May 15, 2011)
- Notes from Peter Jurkin’s appearance on ESPNU (March 31, 2011)
- adidas Nations: Quick chat with new IU commit Peter Jurkin (August 9, 2010)
- Peter Jurkin joins Indiana’s 2012 recruiting class (August 9, 2010)

  • http://www.twitter.com/GBuc12 BaseballBuc

    This won’t happen, but in a perfect scenario Jurkin would re-classify to 2013 and Crean would go after McGary. Of course that’s just my opinion and easier said than done. 

  • LDIU

    I have never seen him play (only highlights….and those are so deceiving); I just don’t have a good feeling about Peter.  I do hope I am wrong.

  • Anonymous

    I say we send this guy to a prep school and just focus on Harris, were not going to get McGary I wish people would stop talking about him all the time, We need Harris!

  • Southport 65

    Years ago I had this injury and then a few years ago one of my son had this. The key is not to push to hard at first but once it is healed it should give him no trouble. He has a whole season of high school ball then all the summer stuff next year and the fall with his new class mates. He should not be held back so we might get another player. He was our 1st for 2012 and I am sure he wants to play with his friends. If we want Harris or another player go get them but it should not be at this kid’s expense. He is going to be a great player.

  • jaywiz

    glad hes not pushing it. cant say im not anxious.

  • Diesel

    Yeah, something just doesn’t quite seem right.  This is usually 3-4 weeks of rest.  It’s July folks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Fischer/691470077 Steve Fischer

    Southport is probably correct- I guess I’m so hungry for us to be good again – I’ll agree with almost any means legal to make us a winner.

  • Luke72

    PJ gives the Hoosiers in 2012 depth up front! I might be way off on this one but when the level of compeition goes up a notch will McGary’s ball handling be more of a liability with quicker wings hawking him and knowing that he is so predicable.

  • IUeconAlum

    Get better Peter. Can’t wait to see you in candy strips!

  • Anonymous

    Jurkin may not have a sexy ranking but he brings something that IU needs, a big body thats very good at protecting the rim.  It’s not always about the ranking but what kind of need is filled and he fills that role well.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I actually think this is a very wise decision.  I’ve seen Peter play a couple times on TV and he’s gonna be very good.  He is weak but he’s quick off the floor when healthy and is “natural” shot blocker.  I’ve thought all along that since he’s already committed he should be sitting and letting this thing heal because he’s young and at 7’0″ he could just cause problems for himself in the future!  He’s young so hopefully he gets stronger and this isn’t a repetitive issue. 

    I’m all for reclassifying to the 2013 class and spending a year of prep school to get stronger if that’s gonna help him and it’s what CTC and IU want!

  • MIKE

    He might have that body but if he is always hurt what good does it do. The guy has nplayein a year and that is concerning given i doubt he is an impact player. We need a big that year to come in to be ready. Man crean loves not having many bigs coming in.

  • Keep_it_in_Indiana

    I am in the same boat as Aceman.  I have seen him play as well.  He will for sure have an impact at IU.  He can play.  He is aggressive for a man his size and will be a force in the middle.

    It is just frustrating as it sounds his injury wasn’t handled properly from the beginning and now he is being forced to sit out longer for it.  At this point, he needs to get it healed.

  • Keep_it_in_Indiana

    I am in the same boat as Aceman.  I have seen him play as well.  He will for sure have an impact at IU.  He can play.  He is aggressive for a man his size and will be a force in the middle.

    It is just frustrating as it sounds his injury wasn’t handled properly from the beginning and now he is being forced to sit out longer for it.  At this point, he needs to get it healed.

  • http://www.vccm.net/ iubase

    Ace – well said.  7 footers take longer to develop their skills.  He has the athletic ability but an extra year would really help his basketball IQ and skill level immensely.  IU would be able to go after a more immediate impact player – ie someone polished like Harris or a big body that can bang inside…makes sense on all levels

  • MillaRed

    When I think of PJ all I see is a huge question mark. I’m at a point where I think if he does arrive healthy and plays it’s a bonus at that time. If not, he will have to move on and we have plenty of interest in future scholly’s. Still a win-win for The Hoosiers.

    Hopefully he gets back to 100% and gives us the only true center on our roster.

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