Exactly five weeks after he underwent surgery to repair a broken right hand, Magruder senior J.J. Epps returned to the lineup in last Monday’s 71-42 win over Northwest. Showing some expected rust after the layoff, the 5-foot-6 point guard averaged 8.3 points in his first three games back with the defending Maryland 4A champions.
Epps, who is left-handed, participated in just one full-contact practice before playing his first game, and he said he has dealt with some pain and limited motion, mostly in his still-strengthening wrist, that affects his dribbling and shooting.
“I definitely knew my hand wasn’t 100 percent coming back, but I knew it was going to get better over time” said Epps, a fourth-team All-Met last season. “I kind of have to continue to play and know the flow will come back.”
Epps suffered the injury when a Springbrook player stepped on his hand during an overtime loss on Dec. 19 and spent four weeks in a cast after surgery. He was averaging 14.2 points per game at the time of his injury.