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Barker: Season-ending Injury

Post by PilotNut on Fri Jan 09, 2015 5:37 pm

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Senior Center Riley Barker Diagnosed with Season-Ending Knee Injury

PORTLAND, Ore. --- University of Portland senior center Riley Barker suffered a right knee injury in Thursday’s win over Santa Clara and will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season for the Pilots. Barker had successful surgery on the knee Friday afternoon. He concludes his collegiate career No. 2 on Portland’s career blocked shots list.

“I just feel so bad for Riley,” Portland head coach Eric Reveno said, “It is hard to put into words. Although his long-term prognosis is great and I am sure he will enjoy a very good professional career overseas, he has worked so hard, been playing so well and been such a great teammate it is just a shame for this to happen in his senior year. I will miss coaching him and am sorry it ended a couple of months early. He can be proud of the year he was having and his lasting impact he has had on this year’s team as well as the program in general.”

Barker was having a great fifth year for the Pilots, providing a consistent presence on both ends of the court. He averaged 4.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, while racking up 15 blocked shots. Barker was on his way to setting a new school record in blocked shots. He finishes his career with 91 blocks, 12 shy of leader Tim Frost (2000-02).

A native of Surrey, British Columbia, Barker appeared in 111 total games for the Pilots. He started two games this season and recorded double figures in both: 14 points at UNLV and 10 points at BYU. He played in just seven games to start the 2011-12 season before a knee injury cut his season short and he was granted a medical redshirt.

Also a standout in the classroom, Barker is a two-time West Coast Conference All-Academic Team selection with a 3.47 cumulative grade point average. He will graduate this spring as marketing major in the Pamplin School of Business.

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Re: Barker: Season-ending Injury

Post by PilotNut on Fri Jan 09, 2015 5:42 pm

I am at a loss for words. I feel terrible for Riley, and wish him a speedy recovery.

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Re: Barker: Season-ending Injury

Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:01 pm

I'm just sick!!

Get well Riley....you've got your whole life ahead of you; this is just another speed bump along that road.

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Re: Barker: Season-ending Injury

Post by Stonehouse on Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:22 pm

Oof. A punch in the gut.

Such a shame for Riley... he was having a terrific season. I feel terrible for him.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Fri Jan 09, 2015 7:11 pm

Bummer. He was a real asset to the team.

Here's to a full recovery.

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Post by Guest on Fri Jan 09, 2015 8:36 pm

Not even close to being fair...I feel awful for him. Loved his game.

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Post by NoPoNeighbor on Fri Jan 09, 2015 9:49 pm

Devastating. I can't imagine how I would react if I were in his shoes. It may take a few days before this really sinks in for him and his teammates and coaches.

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Post by bdaddy on Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:04 pm

Thank you Riley! You were great and you meant so much for this team!

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Re: Barker: Season-ending Injury

Post by pilotdad1 on Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:33 pm

A very sad day, Riley is a fantastic young man and not in a million years deserving of an injury.

We are praying for Riley and his family, our wishes are for a quick recovery. Riley is a winner and will continue into other opportunities.


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Re: Barker: Season-ending Injury

Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Fri Jan 23, 2015 10:11 pm

Turns out to be a tibial plateau fracture. Riley's work ethic will get him back, though, and I know Pilot Nation will be backing him all the way.  

http://upbeacon.com/2015/01/21/injury-cuts-barkers-pilot-career-short/

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Re: Barker: Season-ending Injury

Post by NoPoNeighbor on Fri Jan 23, 2015 11:16 pm

I am still moved by the scene of Barker lying on the floor under the hoop. Coach Reveno clapping his hands loudly in frustration, and then immediately sitting with Riley as the trainers examined him, talking to him intently. No matter how this season ends, or how Reveno's tenure as Pilots' coach unfolds, that will be a defining memory for me of his time as UP head coach.

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