Hamilton, Valentine begin recovery

After undergoing surgery, men’s basketball point guard Reggie Hamilton and forward Drew Valentine are working back to get on the court before the season starts.

“They’re both coming along nicely,” Kampe said. “I know Reggie has started to run again and Valentine is shooting, not in an all-out mode or full-speed mode, but I know he is in the gym shooting free throws and things like that, so we won’t know for a couple weeks on Valentine, but Reggie should be good to go in about two weeks.”

Hamilton had a precautionary lump removed from his chest in his hometown of Chicago about three weeks ago.

“It was successful, I’m not quite 100 percent yet, but I feel blessed and I’m feeling great,” Hamilton said. “I’ll be back real soon. It doesn’t take a lot to get me back into shape.”

Valentine also had surgery to remove cartilage from his knee after going up for a dunk in a practice game.

According to Kampe, a significant piece of the cartilage, about the size of a quarter, tore away from his knee cap.

Valentine’s other options were to play on the knee or season-ending micro-fracture surgery which would have ended his career.

“It’s going good. I’ll be fully cleared on Thursday,” Valentine said. “I’ve done a lot of rehab, strengthening my quads and hips, running in the pool, a lot of low impact things to keep myself in shape.”

Oakland will host Spring Arbor on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.