Tuesday, July 17 (update): Bearden senior Drew Pember said via text message that his follow-up X-ray showed no fractures of any kind in his left foot, rather a perineal tendon tear. Pember said he will do therapy and icing this week and will rest his foot in order to play in next week’s Under Armour Finals in Las Vegas.
Monday, July 16: Bearden senior Drew Pember, a Tennessee men’s basketball verbal commit, has spent the past couple of days resting his left foot.
The 6-foot-9 Pember hurt it playing travel ball in Atlanta on Saturday.
“They think it’s just a hairline fracture there,” Bearden coach Jeremy Parrott said. “They won’t know until the swelling goes down. But I don’t think there was an evident clear break in the X-ray. They’re going to re-X-ray it when the swelling goes down.
“It didn’t sound like it was anything grave or serious.”
Pember said he thought he’d hurt his ankle initially because it “twisted.”
“But then the outside of my foot started burning,” he said by phone Monday. “I thought I was going to walk it off. I tried to play on it, but at halftime it was hurting too bad. The trainer said I might have a fracture. I went to the E.R. (emergency room) that night and they said I have a potential hairline fracture.”
Swelling has reduced enough for Pember to get his follow-up X-ray on Tuesday, he said.
If the doctors clear him Tuesday, Pember said he’ll still likely skip this weekend’s AAU event in Atlanta to rest his foot more. Pember plays for the BMaze Elite 17U team, which has qualified to play in the Under Armour Finals from July 25-27 in Las Vegas.
Pember said he’s chomping at the bit to be able to play there.
“Of course,” he said. “It hurts for me to watch.”