Illinois State's Sampay Undergoes Surgery

August 6th, 2008

NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State senior forward Brandon Sampay underwent surgery Monday to repair a congenital condition in his left hip, and as a result, will be sidelined for four-to-five months. Sampay's surgery went well, and he has already begun the rehabilitation process.

"We feel very badly for Brandon, as he finished last season so strongly and has had a tremendous attitude, work ethic and desire to have a great senior season," said head basketball coach Tim Jankovich. "This will definitely set him back, but we're hopeful and optimistic that he will have a full recovery and still be able to maintain the momentum that he was enjoying."

Sampay averaged 4.1 points and 2.6 rebounds per game last season, while seeing action in 31 contests. In addition to losing the 6-foot-8 Sampay for the early part of the season, the Redbirds' Bobby Hill, another forward, is currently rehabbing following his knee surgery.

"Obviously this surgery, along with Bobby's ACL surgery, is a big blow and setback to our team, particularly in the early part of the season," said Jankovich. "We will have many more challenges than normal because of this, and yet, I'm still optimistic that in the long run, we could become an outstanding team."