Crean: Johnson progressing, Morgan “better than what he was on Tuesday”

  • 03/07/2016 10:21 am in

Indiana appears to be moving in a positive direction injury wise, according to Tom Crean.

On this morning’s Big Ten coaches teleconference in advance of the conference tournament in Indianapolis, Crean said Robert Johnson continues to progress in his rehab of a high ankle sprain and also said that Juwan Morgan is in better shape than he was following IU’s win at Iowa.

“Juwan was better yesterday than what he was on Tuesday night, so that’s very encouraging,” Crean said. “Robert actually was a little further ahead yesterday than where I thought he might actually be.

“It’s still a process with him because of the ankle and it’s certainly not anything that we’re going to rush. He’s got to continue to heal, he’s got to be able to continue to deal with it. But he’s definitely made some progress. It’s encouraging, in fact, really encouraging. So we’ll just see how all of it goes, but there’s no real concrete much past that.”

Johnson has missed Indiana’s last three games after suffering a left ankle sprain in a win over Purdue on Feb. 20.

Morgan, who has battled issues with his left shoulder at different times throughout the season,¬†left the Iowa game in the second half, but played 19 minutes in Sunday’s win over Maryland. The 6-foot-7 freshman finished with six points and four rebounds before re-injuring his shoulder late in the second half.

Indiana opens Big Ten tournament play on Friday at 12 p.m. ET against the winner of Northwestern and Michigan at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

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  • vicbert caladipo

    This is really good news. I just hope all the jumping around and celebrating hasn’t slowed the healing. I want RJ to be a part of our NCAA championship run. Don’t really care much for the conference tourney for obvious reasons

  • BL

    In my mind, winning the BIG tourney doesn’t get you anything but a pat on the back. We already have the BIG championship – outright. Understand winning a game or two could improve our seeding for the big dance but if it were up to me, no way I risk further injury to JM. Same for RJ other than getting him a little game action before the NCAA’s. Not saying I wouldn’t try to win the games but I’d do it without risking further injury to RJ and JM.

  • MK

    agreed sit them both if need be

  • Hoosier Hall

    That’s encouraging news. I’ve sprained my left ankle 6 times and sometimes it would be OK after 3 days but 2 of the sprains were awful and took weeks to heal. This last one was particularly terrible because I rolled it inwards instead of outwards. It took 3 months before I could play again.

  • pcantidote

    Winning the B1G tourney would get us a 1 seed I believe, but I’m not sure that is really all that much better than a 2 or 3.

  • inLinE6

    Rest RJ and JM. Extend the “Priller” time to a full 40 mins and take the win on Friday.

  • Ms hoosier

    I have never been in favor of the B1G tourney. These teams beat up on each other for 18 games and then have to risk getting a player hurt just before the NCAA tourney! Really don’t make any sense!! Oh wait yes it does “More Money”

  • marcusgresham

    Like I said yesterday, Morgan’s seems to be one of those that isn’t really going to get worse but hit it wrong and it hurts like a mother!
    I also think Johnson’s going to be fine by the NCAA tournament if not before then. If he can go I’d let him, just to get him back out there. Maybe you really shorten his minutes but you’d hate to have him coming back with no time on the court for two weeks.

  • ihoosieru

    The tournaments are just for money making. There is no benefit in playing.. You run the risk of another injury, they have already played 30 game I say stop them for the players sake.