Mocs Chelsey Shumpert Takes Over Point Guard Position After Bouncing Back From Knee Injury
Chattanooga-(WDEF) In high school, Mocs guard Chelsey Shumpert tore her ACL in her right knee.
Then at the start of last season, she hurt the same knee by injuring the LCL.
She basically missed all of last year for Chattanooga.
So not only did Shumpert have to return this year after another tough knee injury, she also had to take over the most important position on the floor.
It’s painful enough sitting out the season with a knee injury, and then there’s the rehab.
Said Shumpert:”I couldn’t get it to a certain degree at the time they wanted me to, so the trainer, she just kind of you know bent it back as far as she could, and I heard it crack. Yeah, that’s probably the worse.”
‘Release the Kracken’. Ouch.
Coach Foster says injuries like Shumpert’s can give a player a new edge.
Said head coach Jim Foster:”Some people get a lot tougher because they deal with thing in their rehab that they never thought they could do. They handle pain in a different way.”
Said Shumpert:”Like I said, sometimes on a rainy day or like a cloudy day, it just bothers me a lot. You just kind of have to fight through it, and know that the knee brace is going to support it, whatever you do.”
The knee injury hasn’t slowed down how the 5’4 Shumpert attacks big players in the paint.
Said Foster:”You know the bigs have to come down to her, which means they have to bend their knees and get down. Lot of times, they’re not real good at that. They don’t like to be small. They like to be tall. So undersized players can really, really have a great deal of success in this game if they learn how to control their body and are good enough ball-handlers.”
Shumpert is averaging 11 points and three assists a game.
Coach Foster hopes her assists totals keep rising since Shumpert has moved into the point guard position.
Said Foster:”The day that she started to realize she was in fact closer to being a point guard and understood what it meant. That was a good day.”
Said Shumpert:”I just appreciate him because he just tells me what I need to work on and what I need to do every single day. He’s always on me to get better. I just take that as motivation and keep going from there.”