By René Reyes/DFP Staff
Sophomore point guard D.J. Irving is listed as day-to-day with a concussion, Boston University men’s basketball coach Joe Jones said after BU’s 75-61 loss to Bucknell University Thursday at Case Gymnasium.
The speedy floor general from Philadelphia, Pa., was blossoming in his second collegiate season, averaging 12.6 points, 4.9 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game through 11 contests. But Irving suffered a slight head injury back on Dec. 13 against Villanova University and was unavailable for the Terriers’ matchup with the Bison last night.
“He got hit in the Villanova game," Jones said. "He was fine obviously during the game. Then after the game, he got a little bit of a headache. And then the next day, when we got back, he had to go see the trainer because he had the headaches. That’s when it started.”
Irving gradually improved over the course of this past week. But he began experiencing concussion-like symptoms again on Thursday and was downgraded to out prior to the 7 p.m. tip-off.
“Monday, he felt a little bit better,” Jones said. “Tuesday, he was back to his normal self, so he was able to do some cardio stuff, light workout. Wednesday, he practiced for the first time and then we were hoping to play him tonight. We had a Christmas party at my house, and he went home at about 11 o’clock, and when he got home, he had a pretty intense headache.
“Felt better in the morning, did some studying and that’s when it came back.”
His status for the Dec. 29 tilt at La Salle University is still uncertain, but Jones is hopeful Irving will be back on the court soon.
“He gets a chance to go home now,” Jones said. “We’ll talk to him while he’s home. Hopefully, the headache will go away, and then when he gets back, if he’s symptom-free, he can start progressing. We just have to take it gradual with him and hope that he can get back and play against La Salle.”