Former Seton Corridor basketball star Myles Powell has accused head coach Kevin Willard, the group’s medical knowledgeable and the college of downplaying a critical knee harm that he says derailed his skilled profession, in line with a civil lawsuit filed Wednesday and reviewed by The Put up.
Within the second recreation of the 2019-20 season, Powell, then a senior, suffered an harm. He stated he was informed by Willard and the college’s director of sports activities drugs, Tony Testa, that he had suffered an ankle harm and will proceed to play with out bother, in line with the go well with.
Willard informed reporters the evening of the harm, in opposition to Stony Brook, it was a “critical” ankle sprain and may result in a “extended absence.” Powell, nonetheless, performed the following recreation, scoring a game-high 37 factors in opposition to Michigan State.
The harm turned out to be a torn meniscus that ought to have stored him sidelined, one of many college’s most embellished gamers lately stated. The lawsuit says Powell continued to play, on the recommendation of Willard and Testa, however felt ache in his knee.
“At any time when he would ask Dr. Testa in regards to the ache, the physician would advise it was only a bone bruise and that enjoying on it will not exacerbate the harm,” the lawsuit reads, calling Testa as a doctor, when in line with the Seton Corridor web site, he doesn’t have a medical diploma.
The Trenton native stated within the go well with he continued to really feel ache all through the season, “a lot in order that his observe time was severely restricted.”
The lawsuit says Testa injected pain-killing treatment into Powell’s knee all through the season, however didn’t inform him of the torn meniscus — a standard basketball harm that almost all gamers make a full restoration from inside two months, in line with a 2012 research by the American Journal of Sports activities Medication.
The research steered that athletes who do make a full restoration are in a position to return to the identical degree of play as earlier than an harm.
Powell, who additionally suffered a concussion his senior season, averaged 21 factors, 2.9 assists and 4.3 rebounds that yr, was named Massive East Participant of the Yr and led Seton Corridor to a 21-9 document and share of the Massive East regular-season title.
The go well with claims that the untreated torn meniscus prevented Powell from being a lottery choose within the 2020 NBA Draft. Powell, who went undrafted, was by no means thought of to be a excessive draft choose, and most prognosticators projected him to go undrafted due to his 6-foot-2 body, which is small by NBA requirements.
The 24-year-old ended up signing with the Knicks for a assured $50,000 — lottery picks could make as much as $8 million — and averaged 17.8 factors. 3.8 assists and three.4 rebounds in 13 video games for the Westchester Knicks, the franchise’s G-League affiliate.
He was waived by the group in April.