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February 21, 2012

Jorgenson's road to recovery

Life has been going pretty well for Travis Jorgenson since his commitment in early September. Given the opportunity to play Division One college basketball on scholarship was the realization of a lifelong dream. Being offered that opportunity by his home school, the University of Missouri, was the icing on the cake.

Jorgenson and Tiger fans who followed his recruitment were expecting big things from the 2013 prospect during his junior season. After all, as a sophomore, Jorgenson had led his Rock Bridge Bruins to a 2011 District 9 Championship and a Class 5 Final Four run.

As expected the season got off to a good start for Jorgenson and the Bruins. The team started 6-0, which included a dominating win over arch-rival Hickman. Not everything was going as well as the perfect start to the season would indicate, though. Amid all the team success Jorgenson had injured his thumb and it was clearly evident during the Hickman game that he wasn't 100%.

"I played hurt for four games starting with the Hickman game," Jorgenson said.

Jorgenson played through the pain, but eventually he had to shut it down and was forced to miss games as he rested his ailing thumb.

"I sat out for ten games to let the torn ligament and chipped bone in my left thumb heal," said Jorgenson. "I've been back playing the last five games and I feel 100%. The only thing is I'm probably going to have to wear a splint for the rest of the season."

Even with the missed time by Jorgenson Rock Bridge has had another very strong season going 21-4, 13-2 when Jorgenson has played, in the regular season securing the #1 seed in the District 9 postseason tournament. Given what Jorgenson and Rock Bridge have dealt with this season being in the position to make another postseason run is an impressive feat.

While Jorgenson has been playing and rehabbing he has also kept an eye on the Tigers. He has made multiple trips to Mizzou Arena which included being on hand for the Tigers' win over Kansas.

"Man it was crazy," Jorgenson said. "I was sitting behind Ryan Rosburg with some buddies I play with in high school and it was just an awesome game. It makes me look forward to playing there."

Along with talking with Rosburg, Jorgenson had a chance to catch up with Tory Miller while at the Border War game. Miller and Jorgenson played together in the AAU circuit with KC Pump-N-Run and have stayed in touch throughout their seasons.

Keep it on PowerMizzou.com as we continue to follow the Tigers' prospects in the 2013 class.


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