Another IndyStar Indiana All-Star will get a slow start to his college basketball career due to a foot injury.
Former Guerin Catholic star Matt Holba, now a freshman at Lehigh, is sidelined with a ruptured ligament in his left foot. His father, Tom, said the 6-6 forward injured it near the end of the Indiana All-Stars victory over the Kentucky All-Stars last month at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Holba’s injury was first diagnosed as a mid-foot sprain. After the ligament damage was discovered, Holba had surgery. He could be ready to play again in four months.
“It’s a pretty extensive recovery,” Tom Holba said. “The biggest thing is just to allow it to heal.”
Holba averaged 18.8 points and 9.7 rebounds as a senior to lead Guerin Catholic to the Class 3A state championship. It was reported earlier Wednesday that former Pike star Tahjai Teague, also a 2015 Indiana All-Star, would miss 10-12 weeks at Ball State with a foot injury.
Lehigh was 16-14 last season. It’s too soon to say if Holba will need to take a redshirt season.
“There’s no need to rush it,” Tom Holba said. “A decision will be made when we see how his recovery goes. He’s going to want to play but it’ll depend on his rehab. He was pumped to get there so the injury was kind of a curveball.”