Aquinas' Koenig ‘most likely’ out for year

2012-01-16T23:30:00Z 2012-01-17T06:14:16Z Aquinas' Koenig ‘most likely’ out for yearBy TODD SOMMERFELDT | tsommerfeldt@lacrossetribune.com La Crosse Tribune

Aquinas High School junior Bronson Koenig confirmed Monday night that he is "most likely" done for the season after further examination of his injured right thumb revealed two torn ligaments.

Koenig said a return visit to his doctor to remove the cast for another examination also included the results to a magnetic resonance imaging test he underwent on Thursday.

That, he said, led to the suggestion that he not play basketball for the balance of the season.

"I was told that it would be better long-term if I don't play this season," said Koenig, who was averaging 20.7 points per game before injuring his thumb a second time. "There is a risk of hyper-extension, and I don't want to hurt it any more than it is already."

Koenig, a Wisconsin recruit, first injured his thumb during a 77-67 victory over Rockford East on Dec. 27. He continued to play and injured it again on Jan. 6 late in the second half of a 48-18 loss at top-ranked Onalaska.

"The first time, I injured it, it was the ligament in the middle, and that one's not too big of a deal," said Koenig, an Associated Press All-State first-teamer as a sophomore.

"The radiologist said the MRI showed a tear on the one on the outside of the thumb. That's the one that stops it from bending too far back.

"He said he didn't think it's completely torn, but it's torn. The word he used was ‘displaced.'"

Koenig, who until Monday expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks, said he'll continue to wear his hard cast for three additional weeks before moving on to a removable splint for two weeks after that. He said physical therapy could be taken care of when he moves to the splint and that no surgery is planned or expected.

The 6-foot-3 point guard also said that he doesn't expect to play competitive basketball again until the AAU season.

 

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