Monday, February 8, 2010

McCray’s career not over after injury

KU's star forward Danielle McCray suffered a season-ending knee injury last week, finishing her college career.


Some day, Danielle McCray will play for pay. When is the question.

“I really haven’t looked ahead that far,” McCray said Sunday. “I’m just trying to get back as fast as possible.”

After undergoing surgery in a week or so on the knee she injured in practice Thursday, McCray will face a rehab of eight to nine months, meaning she won’t be playing in the WNBA this summer.

Although it’s likely she’ll be selected in the pro draft on April 8, the WNBA season will run from May to August and McCray probably won’t even be allowed on a basketball floor until September at the earliest.

“She’s going to be OK,” KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “She’ll be drafted, she’ll play professionally, and she’ll be great with rehab.”

In the meantime, McCray will continue to be an assistant coach/cheerleader as she recovers from the torn ACL.

“I’ve heard from a lot of people, probably from all the Big 12 teams through Facebook or phone calls,” she said. “It’s cool how people care about you.”

Kansas State seniors Ashley Sweat and Kari Kincaid made it a point to seek out McCray following the Jayhawks’ 70-60 victory in Allen Fieldhouse.

“Kari and Ashley hugged me,” McCray reported, “and said they’d pray for me.”


Omegatron 10 years, 5 months ago

Praying for her... Hope her rehab goes well and she has a great career at the next level. And hope that this site will post regular updates to keep us informed of her progress...

jayhawker97 10 years, 5 months ago

eventhough you might not read this site, but we, fans, hope for the best for you in the future. we love you and we always pray for your recovery. McCray, thanks for everything you've done for KU & the fans!! :'-( :''-(

Omegatron 10 years, 5 months ago

... If I had to name the one thing as the absolute last thing I'd want my school's players and coaches to do, it would be reading the comment section of this site...

Omegatron 10 years, 5 months ago

... To clarify, I believe that a person should use a method less "anonymous" to wish someone well. Like at the game, or send a message through facebook, or something like that. Though posting here would be good as a show of public support...

sdoyel 10 years, 5 months ago

Why not try to get a medical RS and play at KU next Fall? She's missing the WNBA season anyway.

MichaelC 10 years, 5 months ago

sdoyel - we all wish that was an option, but she's played too much of this season to be awarded one.

Hope you have long career in the WNBA Danielle!

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