Monroe to Redshirt; Will Be Eligible for 2008-09 Season
Dec. 18, 2007
George Mason head coach Jim Larranaga announced on Tuesday that senior forward Darryl Monroe will take a medical redshirt for the 2007-08 season and retain his final year of eligibility. Monroe, who has yet to play this season after undergoing offseason toe surgery will be eligible to play in 2008-09.
"Darryl feels like he's not 100%," Larranaga said. "He does not feel like he can play to the best of his ability at this time and feels like by the time he is 100 percent it will be too late in the process to really be a major contributor this year."
Monroe had arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 9 after having played through pain in his left big toe throughout his junior season. The surgery was intended to discover the source of discomfort he's experienced since injuring the toe as a junior college player. Bone spurs were found and removed from the toe. With Monroe sidelined, the Patriots will turn to two young players to man the power forward position.
"We've played 10 games without Darryl and we've developed a style of play and a substitution pattern and we'll just continue to work on the things that we've developed," Larranaga said. "Louis Birdsong has already established himself as our starting four-man and Vlad Moldoveanu and Louis have been sharing those minutes. We just need them to continue to be very productive."
With no pressure to meet a deadline to return to the court, Monroe will now have a chance to focus on next season and being ready to take to the court at 100 percent.
"I think the most important thing is for him to slowly and steadily make progress with his toe and to get in better and better shape mentally and physically so he can have a productive offseason," Larranaga said. "He hasn't been able to participate in our offseason activities and many of our preseason activities since he arrived here in August of 2006. Hopefully this year will give him a chance to be better prepared for next season."