High school coach says Peter Jurkin back at full strength

  • 09/14/2011 9:00 pm in

Peter Jurkin, the first recruit to join Indiana’s 2012 recruiting class last August, missed a good portion of last high school season and all of the AAU season with a stress fracture in his right leg.

The 7-foot native of Sudan is back at United Faith Christian Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina for his final prep season and things are progressing nicely according to his coach.

“He’s doing well. He’s back, he’s full strength,” UNFCA coach Shaun Wiseman told Inside the Hall. “He’s put on about 20 pounds of muscle. I think that injury was a blessing in disguise because it allowed him to just rest and put on weight and work on things that he needed to work on. It’s really helped him a lot.”

Jurkin played limited minutes last high school season after a doctor in North Carolina advised that he could play just two minutes a quarter due to the stress fracture.

However, after visiting with another doctor at St. Vincent’s in Indianapolis a couple of months later, Jurkin learned that he should have been resting the leg he injured in August of 2010 at adidas Nations in Chicago. That news and subsequent period of required rest forced the Indiana commitment to miss the entire spring and summer with Indiana Elite.

With the stress fracture healed, Wiseman expressed excitement about Jurkin’s offseason improvement and optimism about his senior season.

“His skill set has gotten better. He was always long, he was always athletic, he was always a difference maker on the defensive end,” he said. “Now his hands have gotten better, he’s really starting to come into his own. I really expect he’s going to have a great year for us this year.”

Related:

– Peter Jurkin will not return for July evaluation period (July 3, 2011)
– 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)

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  • Anonymous

    Believe me I WANT this guy to be the real thing..or the potential to be the real thing. However, given IU’s track record with “projects from the dark continent” I will wait until I can see for myself that he can run and chew gum at the same time without fouling someone. Let’s Hope.

  • Anonymous

    Believe me I WANT this guy to be the real thing..or the potential to be the real thing. However, given IU’s track record with “projects from the dark continent” I will wait until I can see for myself that he can run and chew gum at the same time without fouling someone. Let’s Hope.

  • Anonymous

    I would find some highlights for you but I don’t want to have the conversation with my wife as to why I searched ‘peter jurkin’ on Youtube.

  • Anonymous

    My thoughts were that he played ball through the season and didn’t really get that weight lifting focused until spring in summer.

     Referred to him as high schooler because, from my experiences, much more weight is gained in college when you have access to the expensive proteins and supplements for free, and also the proper guidance and attention to effectively lifting weights – which is rare in high school.  

    I also feel like most mass building lifts involve legs (squat, clean)… you know the total body lifts.  Seems like he probably missed that with the hurt leg.  I just doubt he  gained 20 legit lbs of muscle in upper body.  Long arms make it hard to bench.

    Nutrition may be playing some role, and I sure hope he has gained because that is the only way I see him being even a role player.  I hate to be skeptical of the kid, because he is an early commit and seems like a good kid,  But I would be surprised to ever see him as a starter or a major player for the program.  Again, doubt he would get a scholly offer if he was ’14

  • Anonymous

    My thoughts were that he played ball through the season and didn’t really get that weight lifting focused until spring in summer.

     Referred to him as high schooler because, from my experiences, much more weight is gained in college when you have access to the expensive proteins and supplements for free, and also the proper guidance and attention to effectively lifting weights – which is rare in high school.  

    I also feel like most mass building lifts involve legs (squat, clean)… you know the total body lifts.  Seems like he probably missed that with the hurt leg.  I just doubt he  gained 20 legit lbs of muscle in upper body.  Long arms make it hard to bench.

    Nutrition may be playing some role, and I sure hope he has gained because that is the only way I see him being even a role player.  I hate to be skeptical of the kid, because he is an early commit and seems like a good kid,  But I would be surprised to ever see him as a starter or a major player for the program.  Again, doubt he would get a scholly offer if he was ’14

  • Anonymous

    My thoughts were that he played ball through the season and didn’t really get that weight lifting focused until spring in summer.

     Referred to him as high schooler because, from my experiences, much more weight is gained in college when you have access to the expensive proteins and supplements for free, and also the proper guidance and attention to effectively lifting weights – which is rare in high school.  

    I also feel like most mass building lifts involve legs (squat, clean)… you know the total body lifts.  Seems like he probably missed that with the hurt leg.  I just doubt he  gained 20 legit lbs of muscle in upper body.  Long arms make it hard to bench.

    Nutrition may be playing some role, and I sure hope he has gained because that is the only way I see him being even a role player.  I hate to be skeptical of the kid, because he is an early commit and seems like a good kid,  But I would be surprised to ever see him as a starter or a major player for the program.  Again, doubt he would get a scholly offer if he was ’14

  • vg/BMG

    Thanks for the video.  Saw him on TV this past winter playing while with a bad leg.  He was very impressive on defense and rebounding.  He was not given much of an opportunity on offense (guards did all the shooting).  He showed good hands, quick reflexes, did not get sucked in on shot fakes, his blocked shots end up in the hands of his teammates rather than 20 rows up the bleachers for show, and he glides quickly up and down the floor.  Seems to be smooth and coordinated—just the opposite of TJ and BAWA(even though I like those two guys).  IMHO, he may be the most important piece of the 2014 class.

  • you might say you A-Hope he does?

  • Anonymous

    I think a lot of people have kind of forgotten that if your 7 footer doesn’t turn out to be Hakeem Olajuwan, it also doesn’t mean he will be the next Tijan Jobe. There are severall examples of guys somewhere in the middle look at Ralph Samspon III at Minnesota, Calvin Booth for Penn St a few years ago, Jeff Newton for us, these guys all have similiar body types, but I think Jurkin has a better overall skill set, and more potential than all of them.  I think we are safe to get excited about this guy….I mean can you imagine if he patrolls the paint the way Calvin Booth did, with Oladipo, and Perea raining dunks down on people’s heads, Yogi breaking their ankles, and Creek, Hulls, and Hollowell, breaking their backs with timely three’s, we might have trouble getting some teams to come out of the locker room to face us

  • MillaRed

    I agree man. So Tijan and Bawa didn’t work out. We were doing everything in our power to fill a roster. We can’t lump every 7 footer in the world into this category.

  • MillaRed

    Well said. And we have been so damn thin in talent everyone seems to expect great things out of true freshmen. We are officially in “development mode” and not “rebuilding mode.”

    We now have the luxury of putting a kid like this on the bench, getting him stronger and ready for the rigors of BT play. We haven’t had that luxury in 5 years.

  • doubt that would cause a problem – but when you starting the query for  BJ (BeeJay) she might wonder where this is headed…

  • Anonymous

    “development mode” = very well put!

  • Anonymous

    Get those two on the roster and then recruit somebody–anybody–named “Johnson”

  • Passionate caramel

    My goodness, this guy is far better than I anticipated!!!.  His blocks are like outlet passes for the fast break. Jurkin, Zeller, Walford and Perea, next year spells trouble for the oppostion. A dynamic quad.