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MRI negative; Thompson remains positive

Hiram Thompson will return to action for the Hawaii basketball team this season. The only question is when.

Recent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests on Thompson’s injured back revealed no major damage. However, he does have significant bruising on his lower back, and also aggravated a bulging disc after taking a hard fall in the opening minutes of Hawaii’s 86-57 victory over Chicago State last week on Maui.

Under the circumstances, Thompson said: “It’s good news … nothing too serious.”

The Warriors are scheduled to open the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic on Wednesday against Florida State. It will be the first of three games in four nights for the Warriors in the tournament.

“I’m always going to say I’m fine, so hopefully I will be,” Thompson said of his chances of playing during the tournament.

Thompson was able to shoot baskets on his own during Monday’s practice, but otherwise did not participate in drills. Fellow senior Bill Amis also remained out with a foot injury.

Hawaii head coach Gib Arnold said he would evaluate Thompson’s status on a day-to-day basis. If the tournament were to start today or tomorrow, Arnold said he would not allow Thompson to play.

Without Thompson, true freshman Bobby Miles would be the only point guard available, and the Warriors would likely suit up just eight players.

1 Comment

  1. Great news! Hope he’ll be ready for the Diamond Head Classic.

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