Timberline High School senior and University of Washington signee Donaven Dorsey suffered a broken left ankle during the Blazers’ 65-38 defeat at Lincoln on Friday night, and the severity of the injury — and whether Dorsey will return this season — won’t be known until after the star forward sees an orthopedic specialist Monday, Timberline coach Allen Thomas said Saturday.
Dorsey’s injury occurred in the first half as Dorsey went up to block a shot, and an opposing player for Lincoln stepped on Dorsey’s left ankle, forcing it to roll in the 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 Washington 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 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 the playoffs.
However, if surgery is needed, Dorsey’s season and high school career is over, Thomas said.
“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.”Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 firstname.lastname@example.org @megwochnick www.theolympian.com/south-sound-sports