Pain hasn't gone away for Aaron White, status remains in doubt

Chad Leistikow
Aaron White is Iowa's No. 9 all-time leading scorer.

The pain in Aaron White's body hasn't gone away. The question now becomes whether Iowa's star forward will be able to return to the basketball court for Saturday's home showdown against Wisconsin.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said Monday morning that White was "day-to-day" and would be re-evaluated Wednesday.

"We'll see where he is then," McCaffery said. "Right now, it's day-to-day and just continue his treatment."

White suffered what was classified as a stinger – a nerve injury – in his right side after a collision with Purdue's Kendall Stephens in what would become a 67-63 Iowa loss at Mackey Arena.

White played only seven minutes in the game. Afterward, he told reporters, "I don't think the fans should be worried. I'll be all right."

The unpredictability of stinger injuries, which can take weeks or months to heal, make this a more concerning situation for Iowa. White is the school's No. 9 all-time leading scorer and averages 15.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.

When White can return is "probably a function of what kind of grade it is," McCaffery said Monday. "It looks like it was a pretty good one, he got him pretty good.

"He's going to have some discomfort throughout this entire week, maybe into next week. The question will be, will he be able to at least play and be at least close to himself? We'll have to see."