Wichita State’s Markis McDuffie underwent knee surgery on Friday, started exercises Monday and walked without crutches on Wednesday.
With every step, he grows more confident that he will return to the court in time for basketball season. McDuffie said that while the surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee turned out to be slightly more complicated than expected, his 4- to 8-week schedule for recovery didn’t change.
“My knee is getting much better,” he said. “I feel much better and that’s why I think it was perfect I got the surgery. I feel like I’m going to have a brand-new knee.”
McDuffie, a sophomore forward, injured the knee in practice before WSU’s trip to Canada in early August. He attempted to rehab without surgery and played in the final two games of the four-game exhibition tour.
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“I was good the first game,” he said. “When the second game came, I still went out there and played, but I was in a lot of pain. I couldn’t really move well. When I got home, it got worse.”
McDuffie said his rehab includes flexibility and strengthening exercises that target his knee, hamstrings and quads. He is doing squats, riding a stationary bike and walking on an incline on the treadmill. He expects to add water workouts in a week or so and move to sport-specific non-contact drills such as cutting and running around the fourth week.
WSU starts practice in early October, which is around the time McDuffie will hit the six-week mark. The Shockers play an exhibition game on Nov. 5.
McDuffie, from Paterson, N.J., averaged 7.4 points and 3.3 rebounds and earned Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year honors last season.