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Michigan State basketball: Positive Jeremy Fears Jr. injury update

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Michigan State basketball fans got a positive update from Jeremy Fears Jr. on Tuesday as he was taking shots before the game.

Jeremy Fears Jr. has been sidelined with an injury for quite sometime now. Back around the holidays, the Michigan State basketball freshman suffered a leg injury from a gunshot wound back in his hometown. Since then, Fears hasn’t made an appearance on the Breslin Center court — until Tuesday night.

No, Fears did not play in Michigan State’s 81-62 win over Michigan, but he was seen on the court during pregame warmups getting some shots up with his teammates.

Fears seen warming up with teammates

In the below video posted by Fears’ father on X, he is seen warming up on the Breslin Center court before the game against Michigan. Now he’s not running up and down the floor or moving in any athletic way yet, but just seeing him on the court again is a great sight.

The one thing that stands out to me in this video is that Fears is not jumping when shooting. That tells me that he still has a lot of recovery to go before he’s back to full basketball activities.

But the shooting seen in the video will still help him a lot when he does return. One thing he can practice right now is form shooting, and that’s exactly what he’s doing in this video. Focusing on his technique and release right now will help him transition back to playing again a lot faster than if he was doing nothing right now. All in all, after everything that he’s been through, just seeing him happy and on the court again is amazing.

Jeremy Fears’ season

Before his injury, Fears was off to a solid start in his freshman season with Michigan State. He averaged 3.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game. He was also shooting an efficient 50 percent from the field as well. Jeremy arguably had his best game of the season in his last game against Stony Brook. He may have only scored one point, but he had a career-high 10 assists.

There is no timetable for a return yet, but Tom Izzo hasn’t officially ruled him out for the season either. At the end of the day, however, him returning or not this season doesn’t really matter. His recovery is the only important thing, and all I hope is that that goes well and he’s 100 percent by next season.

Lead writer for Spartan Shadows since April 2023, writing over 450 articles. Michigan State basketball, football and recruiting expert. Class of 2019 graduate from Michigan State University specializing in Sports Management. Daily MSU runs a popular X page (@daily_msu) covering all things MSU Sports.

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