PREP SPOTLIGHT: Dequan Hines
By JORDAN ANDERS
The Daily Reflector
Thursday, January 18, 2018
After a broken ankle caused him to miss his entire junior season, North Pitt senior Dequan Hines has returned to be one of the leaders on the Panthers’ basketball team. Hines chatted with Reflector prep sports beat writer Jordan Anders about overcoming that injury and playing in memory of his late mother, Magdalene.
Q: When did you start playing basketball?
A: Ever since I was 7. My whole family has been playing basketball, so it was just a passion for me to play.
Q: What do you enjoy the most about playing?
A: Really being around my teammates and stuff, but the passion and what made me go harder was after my mom passed. That made me go harder.
Q: When did you lose your mom?
A: That was March 7, 2015.
Q: How often do you think about her when you’re playing?
A: Every single night before the game.
Q: You had to deal not only with that during high school, but also a pretty bad injury. What caused you to miss last season?
A: I broke my right ankle in the last game of football season my junior year.
Q: How did that happen?
A: It was a kick return. I was trying to make a play and somebody fell on it.
Q: What was your reaction when you found out it was broken and you would miss basketball season?
A: When we got X-rays, it felt like it was just sprained. I didn’t think it was broken. When they showed my the X-rays ... it really hurt. I just want to take it out this year because I didn’t have my whole junior year.
Q: Did you have to have surgery?
A: I had surgery and had to get one screw in it. I got that out, though.
Q: Tell me about the process of getting back on the court. What did you have to go through?
A: I had the surgery, then I was in a cast and then a boot for three weeks. I had to get the screw out before I could get back to contact sports. November made a year since it was broken, but it’s better now.
Q: How long was it until you were back on the court?
A: It happened in November, and it was that March, after basketball season was gone, that I got back running and exercising and stuff.
Q: What was your biggest motivation to get back?
A: Just getting back and helping my teammates. I used to come to the games when I couldn’t play, and just seeing them, it was heartbreaking that I couldn’t play. This year, I just want to take it all out on the court knowing that I had a year off.
Q: What was the feeling like when you finally stepped back on the floor to play?
A: It felt weird running and stuff. I just had to get my movement back in my ankle, but I’m good.
Q: When I’ve interviewed players who have had injuries like that, some tell me they don’t think about the injury at all and others say it still sticks in the back of their mind. Which of those mindsets do you have?
A: Sometimes I think about it when I go up to get a rebound or something like that, but sometimes I don’t think about it because that’s how I got hurt in football. I was worried about it and I got hurt because I was thinking about it too much.
Q: What position do you play for the Panthers?
A: It depends. Sometimes I’ll play point guard, or sometimes (small forward). Really, just wherever (coach Mark) Carson puts me. I really don’t have a position. It’s a little bit of everything.
Q: Of all the roles you play on this team, which is your favorite?
A: Point guard, because I like getting my teammates involved.
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