Oliver’s surgery goes well

Brian Oliver’s surgery went well today. Two pins were inserted into Oliver’s broken left thumb this morning. They will be in there for two weeks and then he will re-examined to see how it is healing.

Oliver, a combo guard/forward on Georgia Tech’s basketball team, suffered the break — a small fracture in the base of the thumb — when a Clemson player’s hand came down on it as the players were battling for a rebound during last weekend’s game. He said the hand had been hit similarly many times, but this was the first broken bone. He tried to practice Monday, but said he couldn’t perform. At least seven Tech players have missed practices or games because of injuries or illness this season.

Tech (10-12, 3-6 ACC) will host Florida State (16-7, 6-3) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

Oliver said on Tuesday that he hopes to return earlier than the 2-3 week prognosis. Tech will play at N.C. State on Feb. 26, and the ACC tournament begins March 10.

Oliver averages 10.9 points and 4.5 rebounds. After making 38 percent of his 3-pointers last season Oliver is making 29.5 percent of his 3-pointers and 36.8 percent of his shots overall.

Oliver said he hopes to use the time off to watch more tape of himself to diagnose why he’s struggling. He said will also try to provide an extra pair of eyes on the bench during games. Coach Paul Hewitt said he hopes Oliver uses the time to stay on top of his studies.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

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February 9th, 2011
3:15 pm

Thanks, Doug! Now teach me that dance you invented! I believe its called “The Dougie.” Oh, and FIRST!

Texas Wreck

February 9th, 2011
3:20 pm

Tech can not afford to lose any players on this team, no matter who they are. Man, can we just make 40% of the shots one game? From the freethrow line? When the game is still in doubt? Keep trying guys, keep trying.

D A DoubleU G

February 9th, 2011
3:24 pm

On the court (and field) we have a bitter rivalry. But off of those things, I wish nothing but the best for any individual representing the GREAT state of Georgia.

Get well soon, Oliver, and god-speed in getting back to help your team.

Dawg Nation.

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February 9th, 2011
4:01 pm

nice, D A….also hope for the best for anyone in court………


February 9th, 2011
4:53 pm

Question here..Is this Brian Oliver the son of the other BVrian Oliver who played at Tech as well…I remember the Sr. Oliver well…Used to play B-Ball against hi when he played at Will’s High in Smyrna……Good bloodline …..Just askin…


February 9th, 2011
4:54 pm

spellcheck!…..Typing too fast….


February 9th, 2011
4:57 pm

RAID….he is not the son of that B. Oliver.


February 9th, 2011
5:09 pm

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.


February 9th, 2011
5:32 pm

Get well soon young man!! Hope all goes well in your recovery. To bad your coach is an idiot! Go Jackets! Fire Hewitt!


February 9th, 2011
10:08 pm

Let’s hire Chris Collins; one of Duke’s assistant coaches.

GT Fan

February 10th, 2011
9:13 am

The PROBLEM in one name=Paul Hewitt!
Fire Bewitt………………..


February 10th, 2011
10:24 am


February 10th, 2011
2:11 pm

This might be good for Oliver. He has just seemed lost at times this year. Maybe a little time off and a chance to watch more tape and diagnose what his issues are might pay off. I’m glad his surgery went well.


February 10th, 2011
2:44 pm

To bad we don’t have a coach who can show you what your doing wrong Brian.

We will next year though (I’m praying).

GROUND HOG DAY will soon be over…but I’ve said that for the last 2 years. You have to make it stop DRad, enough is enough.


February 10th, 2011
8:38 pm

Glad we had the extra practice and shooting this week. Its really paying off tonight. Again, excuses but no answers by Hewitt.