DAYTON – The University of Dayton has announced that junior forward Ryan Mikesell will redshirt the 2017-18 season as he rehabs from surgeries to correct impingement injuries to both of his hips.
“This is in the best interests of Ryan’s health, both short-term and long-term. By all accounts, Ryan’s two surgeries were a success. But after a follow-up visit with his physician, it is clear that the proper course of action is to redshirt this season to allow him to fully recover.”
“I’d rather be on the court, so in that sense this is kind of a disappointment. But it’s also a relief to know that the surgeries were successful and that we have a plan for me to be at my best when I do return. I just have to do what the doctors and Mike (UD trainer Mike Mulcahey) tell me to do.”
“Typical rehab for these procedures is six month. But it’s not just a matter of Ryan being cleared medically and simply getting back on the court. As he recovers, he will need to retrain his body in the best ways to move with his increased strength and range of motion. Big picture, it’s not something that can be rushed and certainly not something to take shortcuts on.”
Last season as a sophomore, Mikesell was one of only four Flyers to see action in all 32 games. He started 24 and averaged 5.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 20.8 minutes a game.
While at St. Henry Mikesell was named the 2015 MAC Player of the Year and graduated as the Redskins’ second all-time leader, behind Ryan Uhlenhake, with 1,540 points. He was a first team All MAC selection his sophomore and junior seasons. His senior season he was an All State 1st team D III selection, as a junior he was a 3rd team member.