Timberline High senior and Washington signee Donaven Dorsey suffered what coach Allen Thomas called a broken left ankle during the Blazers' 65-38 loss to Lincoln Friday night, and the severity of the injury -- and whether or not Dorsey will return this season -- will be known Monday after Dorsey sees an orthopedic specialist.
Dorsey's injury occurred in the first half at Lincoln, as Dorsey went up to block a shot, and an opposing Lincoln player stepped on Dorsey’s left ankle, forcing it to roll in an opposite direction, said Thomas, who noted that doctors later discovered a chip in the ankle.
Dorsey, who had eight points at the time of the injury, didn’t return to the game and has since been wearing an air-cast, Thomas said. Dorsey signed his letter-of-intent to UW during November's signing period and was averaging better than 20 points and eight rebounds a game through the Blazers' 13 games, including a school-record 44-point performance against Kentwood last month.
“It was one of those weird, little tweaks,” Thomas said. “I could tell how he was yelling that it wasn’t a good sign.”
Thomas said Dorsey will see an orthopedic specialist Monday to know the severity of the injury. He noted if surgery isn’t necessary, Dorsey would return in as little as four weeks – right at the start of the postseason, should the Blazers make it. However, if surgery is needed, Dorsey’s season and high school career is over, Thomas said.
The top four 3A Narrows teams advance to the West Central/Southwest bi-district tournament, which begins Feb. 17.
Timberline is 7-6 overall and 3-3 in the 3A Narrows. The Blazers sit in fourth place behind Wilson (6-0 league), Lincoln (5-1) and Foss (3-2) in the standings.
“We’re still optimistic he’s going to be back by the playoffs if he doesn’t need surgery,” Thomas said. “Right now, it’s a chip in his ankle. If that’s the case, then it depends on how bad it is." ."