Pete DiPrimio, sports columnist and college beat writer for The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., takes his best shots on the world of Hoosier basketball.

Friday, March 23

Stemler Has Surgery

We’re about to tell you Lance Stemler’s status after ankle surgery -– if this surprises you then you missed today’s column –- but first we have to tell you about some good news.

Another perfect stranger, this time from Somalia, emailed us offering a deal to share in his stash of diamonds. Can you believe the luck? All we have to do is, well, we’re not sure what we have to do, because we deleted it to avoid one of those nasty scams or computer viruses.

Anyway, back to Stemler, the junior college transfer who started out shooting so well, but who struggled the second part of the season, had surgery today (Friday) to correct a chronic left ankle injury.

It had been bothering him for a while, but he reinjured it prior to the Feb. 15 game at Purdue. Still, he played the last eight games and averaged 6.6 points and 4.1 rebounds.

How long will he be out. The word from IU is indefinitely. The good news is he has the off-season to get healthy. And if that health includes getting his shooting touch back, all the better.


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