Thursday, August 18, 2011

Fontan Confirms Torn ACL

IPRB just got off the phone with Jio Fontan and he confirmed that he has torn his ACL. This was a big surprise to Fontan who felt before his doctor's appointment this afternoon that his injury was not as serious as when the injury first occured.

Fontan who was clearly saddened and disappointed has the following to say,"I'm down right now but I'll be alright. I'm going to work harder than ever! I had worked so hard all year to get to a point where I was playing the best ball of my life ".

The prognosis is anywhere from 6-12 months. Fontan plans to apply for a medical redshirt for this year. He had already applied for an additional year from his time at Fordham in 2009 when he played only five games before transferring from Fordham and sitting out the Spring/Fall Semesters in 2010.

Fontan's mentor and the person responsible for bringing him to Puerto Rico to play for the 19U National Team, Todd Washington said, "Everyone has a different path in life. Jio is a warrior and if anyone can come back from this in an even better space, it is "G". I've been on the phone with him a couple of times today and he is down but not out. He is going to get a second opinion and then he and his family will sit down and decide the best course of action. While nothing is good about tearing an ACL, he has to feel good about going down to Brazil and dominating. He was averaging close to 30 PPG and putting on a show every night He'll be back better than ever!"

Fontan had averaged over 28 PPG while playing against some of the top professional teams in Brazil.

Jio Fontan Injury Is Not As Bad As Reported

USC point guard Jio Fontan was having a fantastic trip in Brazil. Fontan was averaging close to 30 PPG and showing the Brazilians why many feel that he has a chance to not only play professional ball but could possible be a late second round draft pick. Fontan injured his knee yesterday and some had reported that his injury was career threatening.

IPRB spoke directly to Fontan by phone this afternoon and confirmed that he has yet to get an official diagnosis from a doctor but by his own account it is not as bad as first reported.

"Coach flew me back to LA yesterday and I am on my way to get an MRI done this afternoon. It feels a lot better then it did when I injured it and I am able to put some pressure on it and stand on one leg so it is not as bad as we first thought", said Fontan by telephone.

Fontan played in 2009 for the Puerto Rico 19U National Team with his best friend Michael Rosario. That team finished 6th in the world and Jio led the world in assists while Michael Rosario led the world in scoring.

Giancarlo Santiago And The Good Ole Boys in Mississippi

Giancarlo Santiago is 6'6 and 230 lbs. He went from being a player many felt had not chance to play college ball to being someone high major programs are watching very closely. In less than a year, Santiago put on about 20 pounds of muscle and developed his entire game including a long range jumper which is as pure as ice water out to about 22 feet.

Santiago arrived in Mississippi last night to start his Freshman year at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College "MGCCC". MGCCC seems to be a place where Puerto Ricans are having some success. It started with Raymond Cintron two years ago and last year, Angel "The Little Monster" Matias enrolled at MGCCC. Matias lost weight, focused on his academics and got himself in shape. He and Santiago will create a formidable combination of size and scoring ability.

IPRB caught up with Giancarlo via text this afternoon. He was chillin' in his dorm, getting used to being the deep deep south! It is not easy going from Puerto Rico to Mississippi but when you have a dream you'll go anywhere to see that dream come true.

IPRB: Puerto Rico is in Mississippi! So how is it down there?

GS: Yeah! It's quiet now since school doesn't start until Friday. I'm happy to be here and excited.

IPRB: Raymond Cintron set the bar in terms of performance as he was a Junior College All American. Are you ready to fill his shoes?

GS: I'm here to do my job and play hard.

IPRB: Who are you rooming with?

GS: Angel Matias. He is not here yet, he is chillin at a friends' house until school starts.

IPRB: Why did you select MGCCC?

GS: They have a great coach, great facilities and other players from Puerto Rico have been successful here.

IPRB: A year ago many people thought you were not good enough to play Division 3. Clearly you have improved a tremendous amount but are you good enough to play Mid-Major D1?

GS: I can play High Major, Mid Major it doesn't matter to me. I'll play anyone, anytime.

IPRB: You played for Team Barea at the Global Challenge. What did you learn and what advice would you give young players?

GS:I learned a lot. I learned how important it is to practice and train everyday. I would tell young players to stop playing in all the leagues and start training more.

IPRB: You are one of the players we will be watching this year. We wish you the best!

GS: Thanks!

Barea In Hospital

IPRB learned this evening that NBA Champion, JJ Barea was admitted into a Puerto Rico hospital yesterday. Out of respect for his privacy and security, IPRB is not releasing the name of the hospital. It seems that Barea may have gotten a stomach virus. This is not a life threatening illness. We will share more info as it becomes available.

Rodriguez A No Show/Collazo Doesn't Get Scholarship

Selwyn Rodriguez decided at the last minute not to travel to visit Montrose Christian, IPRB learned yesterday. The class of 2012 PG and his family decided at the last minute that he may do better playing in a less competitive program with less pressure to perform. Word is he may decide to attend Patterson, NJ public school, Eastside High. Eastside is coached by Juan Griles.

IPRB reported that recent Adianez graduate was about to travel to Southern Idaho. Collazo did not live up to expectations and the coaching staff decided not to offer him a scholarship.