Dayton Flyers sophomore Mikesell needs two surgeries

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant hinted last month in an interview with the Dayton Daily News that sophomore forward Ryan Mikesell may need a procedure this summer. On Wednesday, he revealed details about Mikesell’s injury.

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The St. Henry graduate Mikesell has an impingement in both hips, Grant said, and will need two surgeries. One surgery will take place in mid-May. The other will be done in mid-June.

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“The recovery for that is approximately six months,” Grant said. “We’ll determine from there once we see how he progresses what the next step will be. I think it would be premature to say one way or the other in terms of his status for next season. That’s all we know right now.”

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Grant said Mikesell battled hip pain throughout last season. Mikesell appeared in all 32 games and started 24. He averaged 5.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.

“I think he understands the importance of doing (the surgeries),” Grant said. “I don’t want to speak out of turn, but if he doesn’t do it, he could be looking at hip replacement in his mid-20s. Based on where he’s at, this is necessary step.”

Dayton is also without sophomore forward Sam Miller for several months. He broke his foot on April 1.

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