Juwan Morgan feels like “almost a new person” after shoulder surgery

  • 06/06/2016 10:14 am in

Nearly two months after surgery to repair a left shoulder injury that has hampered him since high school, Indiana sophomore forward Juwan Morgan is making progress in his quest to return to the floor.

The 6-foot-7 forward, a key part of last season’s Big Ten championship team, played through a shoulder injury for most of his freshman season.

Morgan had to leave several Indiana games late last season as his shoulder frequently popped out of place, but he remarkably was always ready to go for the next contest.

“I’m feeling great. Life is good,” Morgan said last week in Borden. “I just feel a lot better, like almost a new person.”

The injury, which Morgan said he “wouldn’t wish upon anybody,” and subsequent surgery, forced Morgan to sleep in a reclining chair for nearly two weeks post-operation.

He hasn’t been given a timeline for when he’ll be able to return to the floor, but Tom Crean said Morgan was back in the gym days after the surgery shooting with right hand.

The primary focus right now for Morgan is stretching and sticking to the rehab plan provided by the Indiana training staff. He was one of three players to return to campus last week, joining Thomas Bryant and Josh Newkirk. The rest of Indiana’s returning players were expected back in Bloomington by Sunday for offseason workouts, which begin this week.

“It was tough at first, especially just the mental part of it all, knowing that I couldn’t really do anything,” he said. “But with the training staff, the coaching staff and all of the support from my teammates and family, it’s been a lot easier than most people would think.”

Morgan, who averaged 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds last season, is one of four players rehabbing from injuries this offseason.

James Blackmon Jr. is coming back from ACL surgery, Collin Hartman required a cast for a broken wrist and Robert Johnson had surgery in April on his left foot. None of the injuries are expected to linger into the start of next season.

One of the keys when an IU player is rehabbing, according to Crean, is keeping them engaged and involved with team activities.

“Even when they can’t do something full or can’t do something at a complete level, we’re going to get something done,” Crean said. “When they’re wearing (protective) boots and things of that nature, we have them shoot from a chair.

“In his case, we’ll see where he’s at. We haven’t been able to work with him the last couple of weeks. We’ll see where he’s at next week and make a plan for that. The biggest thing is to keep them integrated with the team. Even when they can’t do what everybody else is doing, they’re still a part of it.”

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  • mckillio

    If he feels that good before he’s even close to entirely healed, that’s great news for his development. IU pays for these surgeries right?

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    tough, tough kid. a lot of respect for how hard he played in spite of the almost certain pain he was going to endure.

    it’s a real bummer 4 of our guys are dealing with injuries. sounds like they’re on the fast track to recovery, so guess it could be worse.

  • marcusgresham

    Poor kid–playing with a jacked up shoulder, and here in the picture we see Hartman leaning on it!

  • IUBizmark

    I didn’t say anything at the time, but it looked like during the UK game that one of their players intentionally pulled his arm back when they were both going for a rebound. It worked to get Juwan out of the game, but IU still won.

  • TomJameson

    Yes, at least the comprehensive medical insurance policies pay for it. The student is in no way burdened with a medical bill.

  • TomJameson

    I thought he threw out his right shoulder, and he was back shooting with his left hand.

  • GaHoosier

    If I remember correctly, that was Briscoe.

  • Koko

    If JM is feeling good then I’m feeling good.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Hartman leaning on Juwan’s bad shoulder WITH his bad wrist!

  • I rewinded that play a few times, and honestly I don’t think there was anything intentional. If the player (yes, I think it was Briscoe) did pull down on the shoulder, and I remember that being unclear, it looked like he was going after the ball.

  • Warriors playing through the pain! 🙂

  • Lt. John McClane

    Man, I like this kid so much. He just seems like such a good young man. While his stats don’t jump out at you, he rarely made a bad play, and seemed capable of helping the team in several areas. The future looks bright for Juwan.

  • dwdkc

    Agreed a real glue guy where stats don’t remotely tell the story. Most freshmen are defensive liabilities–and our 5 star was one of those–but Juwan and OG were amazing with the defensive stability they brought. The kind of guys you win with.