About a week ago, Jeremy Fears Jr. went home to Joliet, Ill., for Christmas break as Michigan State basketball just took down Stony Brook in impressive fashion, 99-55.
Fears had to feel great about his first couple of months as the team's backup point guard, coming off a career performance in the Stony Brook win in which he dished 10 assists. He was riding a high but that soon came crashing down in the form of a major off-court incident.
As he was sitting in his friend's house with a group of people, Fears was shot in the leg by someone who rushed into the home and fired shots. Fears was one of two victims in this incident and he made sure to help the other girl who got shot in the stomach. It was an unfortunate incident that just placed him at the wrong place at the wrong time, to no fault of his own. He should be able to enjoy his Christmas break with friends that he hasn't seen in months.
And yet he was rushed to the hospital where he underwent surgery.
News later broke that he would likely be off the court for three months after trying to rehab from this major injury and that means he would miss the rest of the season. But he will be back in East Lansing with the team on Friday, according to Tom Izzo.
Obviously the focus is on recovering from this injury and the training staff will be working hard with him every step of the way to make sure he makes a full recovery.
It'll be good to see him back with the team after such a traumatic injury and I would expect the team to play for him the rest of the way.