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Jerome Hunter has torn his Achilles tendon

My man's going through it right now.

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First, the news:

I mean, not much to say here. Jerome Hunter has been such a big part of the program since coming over from Indiana that it's heartbreaking to see him suffer another setback. He has adopted a wildly different role under Sean Miller than he had been recruited to play under Travis Steele, and he attacked it without complaint. First through a medical problem that sidelined him in the summer and now through this, he has kept an outwardly positive attitude under trying circumstances.

According to a Google search I just conducted, a 2022 study published in the Current Review of Musculoskeletal Medicine puts the recovery from an Achilles tendon rupture at 6-9 months for full activity and 2-3 years for return to full baseline capabilities. Jerome has access to training facilities and medical experts that will no doubt help him have an above-average outcome, and his demonstrated resilience with also help him.

Xavier is lined up to have a big season next year, and Jerome is a big part of that. An aggressive timeline puts him back in team activities in time for the preseason. The young man deserves a stretch with no setbacks; we look forward to seeing him back on the court next season.