UW senior forward Jon Brockman played today with three stitches, which were needed close a cut near his left thumb suffered while using a pocket knife to open a gift.
"It was one of those plastic zip-tie things that was on my little nephew’s present," Brockman said. "I think it was probably like a Transformer or a G.I. Joe or something like that. (I was using) a little pocket knife. … I didn’t want to get stitches at all. We bandaged it up, and it was fine. We called our friend who is a doctor and he said, ‘Go get the stitches because then you’ll be able to play a lot sooner and you won’t have to mess with it.’"
So, Brockman paid a Christmas night visit to Valley General Hospital in Monroe.
"It’s nothing serious," he said. "It’s just so fresh of a cut we just have to wrap it up to make sure I don’t get blood on my jersey."
Despite the cut and the bandage, Brockman managed 13 points and 11 rebounds Sunday in UW’s 75-53 win over Montana.
"During the game it didn’t bug me at all," he said. "It’s just annoying, just another thing. … Maybe a little in just gripping the ball, but for the most part it felt pretty good out there."
Coach Lorenzo Romar learned of the incident Friday morning during a call from Brockman’s father, Gordy.
"When I first got the call, I was concerned," Romar said. "After, when it was done, I just kind of shook my head as I hung the phone up."