This team can't catch a break.............
Dukes' Thiero hospitalized, likely out for season
Saturday, January 20, 2007
By Phil Axelrod, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Bad luck continues to haunt Almamy Thiero, whose basketball career at Duquesne most likely has ended because blood clots were discovered in his lung for the second time. He admitted himself to Mercy Hospital yesterday and is expected to remain there indefinitely.
Thiero, a 6-foot-9 graduate student who spent four injury-interrupted years at Memphis, missed the majority of the 2003-04 season with blood clots in his lungs.
"Our concern right now is with Al and his family," Duquesne coach Ron Everhart said in a statement. "Fortunately he got himself to the hospital in time for the proper tests to be run and he's resting comfortably. I feel for Al because he is such a quality person who has fought through so much adversity in his career."
Thiero, who transferred to Duquesne after earning an undergraduate degree at Memphis, averaged 2.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game in a reserve role with the Dukes. It took Thiero a while to round into playing shape after he had arthroscopic surgery on his knee Oct. 9, a week before official practice started.
As a freshman at Memphis, he played in just two games after having surgery to have a metal rod placed in his lower leg to repair a stress fracture to his tibia.
As a sophomore, he appeared in just three games after blood clots were found in his lungs in mid-December.
As a junior, he played in 23 games and averaged 0.5 points and 1.5 rebounds.
As a senior, he missed the entire season while recovering from an ACL injury that occurred during that summer.