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Drew To Redshirt After Operation
Point guard Lindsey Drew was the first High School recruit landed by Eric Musselman after Musselman’s arrival at Nevada. Drew was rehabbing an Achilles injury that occurred right before halftime in a game against Boise State February 14th. It was once he was cleared by medical staff for full contact 2 weeks ago that the hip injury surfaced. It is believed that the hip injury was a result of attempting to compensate for the Achilles tear.
Drew had not yet decided if he was going to redshirt this season or attempt to work his way back into the rotation on this years team when the new injury surfaced. Musselman and Drew had a special relationship reflected by Musselman’s responses when asked about Drew’s situation this season, saying time after time that it would be up to Drew and his family if he played this season. That decision was ultimately made by doctors that operated on his right hip Wednesday.
Unfortunately Drew will also require surgery on his left hip as well about 4 weeks from now. Rehab from these surgeries usually take from 4-6 months. Drew, a pass first point guard that almost never took a bad shot will undoubtedly be integral to the success of next years squad following the departure of the entire starting 5. Known for his defensive prowess more than his offense, Drew was Musselman’s original “coach” on the floor.
Drew comes from a basketball family, his dad is Head Coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers and his 2 older brothers both played college hoops with Larry Drew II having a brief stint in the NBA. Coaches sons have a history of being solid, low turnover rate point guards that understand almost innately how to control the flow of the game, Drew is no different.
Although Drew’s oncourt leadership will be missed this season, the uncertainty of his availability for this season allowed Cody Martin to prepare to play the point guard position this year. Looking into the future Nevada fans are already excited about next years squad and adding Drew to the likely group of Vincent Lee, KJ Hymes and Jordan Brown playing upfront and a backcourt of Jazz Johnson, Jalen Harris, Eric Parish and Nisre Zouzoua helps allay fears of a significant drop off next season.