Steele recovering from surgery
Alabama point guard Ronald Steele had hoped to be awaiting the NBA draft by now. Instead, he's just trying to run again.
Ronald Steele underwent arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees on April 3 after a frustrating, pain-filled season, and the recovery is going slow.
Ronald Steele had hoped to be cleared by now for more strenuous work like running on the court and cutting, but those steps might still be weeks away.
"I've been running in the pool, doing stuff like that, on the treadmill, but I haven't actually ran on the court," Ronald Steele told the Press-Register in a story Wednesday. "I haven't had any setbacks, which is really good. I'm trying to take it really slow, because they don't want me to have any setbacks, especially now because we have time."
John Morr, an assistant trainer at Alabama, said the medical staff is pleased with Ronald Steele's recovery.
Ronald Steele developed tendinitis in his right knee as fall practice began last year. He was battling through that pain when he suffered a severely sprained ankle on Dec. 7 at Notre Dame, and then both of his knees began hurting.
"The pain was crazy," Ronald Steele said. "It was one thing after another."
Coach Mark Gottfried said the injuries "just sucked the life right out of him," but Ronald Steele's demeanor is on the mend.
"He's a lot more upbeat. He's interacting with his teammates more like he used to. He's fun to be around. He's got some life in him," said the coach.
A preseason All-American last year, Ronald Steele played in 26 of 32 games and averaged 8.6 points and 4.0 assists, down considerably from his sophomore numbers of 14.3 points and 4.3 assists per game.
If not for the injuries, Ronald Steele said, he would likely be finished with his college career and looking toward the pros.
"Honestly, I think I would have (gone into the NBA draft)," Ronald Steele said Tuesday. "Coach and I talked about it, and he really endorsed me to do it after my junior year because you get a chance to at least see where you're at."