Injury forces Vanderbilt big man out of preseason hoops workouts

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 4:42pm

Vanderbilt’s A.J. Ogilvy is not fully recovered from the foot injury, which hampered him much of last season. In fact he might never be.

Yet it is a new issue that has kept the junior post player out of practice since last Friday, the first day of formal workouts for coming season.

Ogilvy sustained a concussion in a collision with forward Steve Tchiengang.

“We expect him back in a day or two or three,” coach Kevin Stallings said Tuesday afternoon.

Ogilvy was named a second-team preseason All-SEC big by regional and national media on Monday.

He led the Commodores last season in scoring (15.4 points per game), rebounding (7.1 per game) and blocked shots (48). A season earlier he set the school’s freshman scoring record.

He did miss two contests and one start in 2008-09 with a heel injury, though.

Stallings said Ogilvy had no problems with the heel during the five exhibition games the team played in Australia this past summer or in the workouts that preceded the trip. It was an issue during a team run on the first day of offseason conditioning.

“It’s one of those things, I’m told, that doesn’t ever really heal,” Stallings said. “… The heel concerns me some because it’s one of those things that can show up at any time.

“You just don’t know when it’s going to come back and why. It’s a precarious situation and we just have to hope for the best.”

He added that if not for the concussion, Ogilvy would have practiced in recent days.

Vanderbilt will open the season Nov. 16 at home against Lipscomb.