Magruder’s JJ Epps out 4-6 Weeks With Broken Bone In Hand
One of the most electrifying players in the DMV, Magruder senior point guard JJ Epps, is out, and will be out for 4-6 weeks.
Epps broke a bone in his hand between the two knuckles of his pinkie finger and ring finger on his right hand (he is left-handed) in Magruder’s over-time loss to Springbrook last week. The injury happened late in over-time after Epps tripped over a defender while trying to split a double team. There was no foul called on the play so Epps reached out to try to grab the ball. The ball was too far away for Epps to make contact and while has hand was reached out it was stepped on, causing the injury. As soon as it happened Epps didn’t know it was broken. “I was in considerable pain but never imagined it would have been this bad” Epps commented.
Epps was taken to the hospital later that night and the diagnosis was made. A couple days later he had surgery and a pin was inserted into the hand to help straighten the bones. He is due to have the cast removed in 25 days. From then it should take two weeks for him to be able to return to full contact basketball, and being able to return to the court for the Magruder Colonels.
Last season Epps led Magruder to a Maryland 4A state championship and his coach Dan Harwood says Epps has more heart than any player he has ever coached, going back quite a while.
Fortunately, Magruder has another pure point guard who has been a starter all year in senior Matt Ricketts. In Epps’ first game out Ricketts registered 11 assists, coming two assists shy of tying Epps’ record of 13 in a single game in a Colonel uniform. Ricketts also plays tenacious defense. The one thing Magruder will certainly miss is JJ’s scoring, and play-making ability.