Monday, March 28, 2011
Wayne Blackshear dislocates shoulder
By Scott Powers ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- Morgan Park's Wayne Blackshear was ready to put on a show all week for his hometown fans at the McDonald's All-American game festivities in Chicago.
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But all of his plans came to a crashing halt on Monday when he collided with a teammate during a morning practice at ATTACK Athletics and dislocated his left shoulder, sidelining him from all of the week's activities.
"My face just dropped," said Blackshear, who wore a sling on Monday night after seeing a doctor at Rush hospital. "I'm just angry. I'm just really frustrated. I can't put on a show now."
Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin felt awful for Blackshear, who had also had a knee injury during the high school season.
"It's frustrating because he's a tough kid and he wants to play," Irvin said. "Like I told him, 'Big fellow, you made the game, you deserved to make the game. You're still a McDonald's All-American. It's written in stone.'"
Blackshear, a 6-6 shooting guard, averaged 32 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and five blocks this season. He was an ESPNChicago.com all-area selection and is a finalist for Illinois' Mr. Basketball. He'll play at Louisville next year.
Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at email@example.com.