Tuesday , Feb , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

St. John’s guard out for rest of season

Queens, NY (Sports Network) – St. John’s guard Daryll Hill will be sidelined
for the remaining games of the 2005-06 season because of a persistent
condition in his left knee.

“Daryll is going to shut it down for the rest of the season. He tried to do
everything he could to be out there for us, but this is what he needs to do
right now,” said St. john’s head coach Norm Roberts. “He will still be a big
part of this team, at practices and games. We wish he could be out there but
we understand.”

The details of Hill’s injury include a roughing of the hyaline cartilage
behind his left kneecap, suffered several years ago during his high school
career. Hill aggravated the injury earlier in the season, at which point he
sat out five games.

The condition was characterized by St. John’s medical staff as chronic
inflammation and swelling.

“Because of the shorter durations between games, Daryll’s knee is not
responding to physical therapy and medicine the way we would like, as
prescribed by our team physicians,” said Ron Linfonte, A.T.C., St. John’s
Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine. “Daryll has been diligent in
his therapy routine and will continue to get treatment, but at this point the
best course of therapy would be rest and a break from the load of practicing
and playing every day. The cumulative load of the last three weeks has been
taxing on his knee, and rest is the best course of action at this time.”

Hill was named a preseason All-Big East selection, and averaged a team-leading
12.3 points per game thus far. He missed four consecutive games with the knee
injury from December 27th to January 8th, but appeared in the following nine
games with an 11.1 points per game and 3.7 assists per game averages during
that stretch.

“Again, I want to be at my best to support my team and represent the
University,” said Hill. “I don’t want to put my teammates in a situation where
I am not at my best, and can’t execute the way I want to on defense or
offense. I will be at our practices and games, looking to help my team in any
way I can from the sidelines.”