Grady to be released from hospital

Evan Pflugradt, Reporter

Wichita State forward Anton Grady is expected to be released from the hospital, the team announced Sunday.

Grady, a senior, suffered a spinal concussion after colliding his head with the shoulder of Alabama guard Dazon Ingram in the Shocker’s loss to Alabama on Friday in Orlando during the AdvoCare Invitational.

Grady is expected to fly with the team back to Wichita Sunday evening.

“I think we’re out of the woods as far as Anton’s injury goes,” WSU head coach Gregg Marshall said. “I think the focus can be on rehabbing, what comes next I don’t know.”

The team visited Grady at an Orlando area hospital Saturday. Members of the team said Grady was in good spirits.

“He’s going to get better,” freshman Eric Hamilton said. “We know for a fact that he’s going to make a recovery in due time.”

Grady sent words of encouragement to his teammates before Sunday’s game against Iowa.

“He managed to send me a text message,” Hamilton said. “He told me focus in and pay attention to the coaches so you can stay out there and help the team.”

Grady issued a statement to the WSU Athletic Department on Sunday morning, thanking the fans for their support.

“I want to send a thank you to Shocker Nation and all my friends and family for all of the love and encouragement that I have received the past few days,” Grady stated. “I’ve been reading your tweets and posts, and appreciate every last one of them. I have a lot of work to do to get back on the court, but with the help of a great support system, I am ready for the challenge.”

After his injury, Shocker fans started a social media movement to honor Grady with “Grady Day” — with more than 360 members — to rally support. Facebook users posted pictures in Shocker gear and used the hashtag #PrayforAnton.

“The whole basis of this Facebook event is to just make sure Anton and his family, as well as the whole team, know that we support them,” said Zach Brubaker, who created event online. “Sports are fun, winning is fun, but there are things more important than those.”

The team has yet to announce a timeline for Grady’s recovery.

“I know that he would give anything to be out there,” Hamilton said. “We’re going to keep competing for Anton and Landry.”