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