Barron Collier boys basketball player Andrew Gilbert is recovering after suffering a serious concussion in the Cougars' game against Naples High on Friday night.
In the fourth quarter at Naples High, Gilbert stole the ball and was going in for a layup. A Golden Eagles player fouled Gilbert, and both fell to the floor, when Gilbert said the player landed on his head.
"At first I felt fine," Gilbert said Monday. "I got up and wanted to go back into the game, but then I couldn't keep my balance and fell. I don't really remember much after that."
Gilbert was put on a stretcher and taken to NCH Healthcare System's downtown location. He said he was diagnosed with a Grade III concussion, the most serious.
"Grade III concussions involve post-traumatic amnesia for more than 24 hours or unconsciousness for more than five minutes," according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons website. "Players who sustain this grade of brain injury should be sidelined for at least one month, after which they can return to play if they are asymptomatic for one week."
After collapsing following his fall, Gilbert said he only remembers waking up in a hospital bed. Cougars coach Joe Rader said the injury was unfortunate, but that it was a clean foul that knocked Gilbert to the floor.
Gilbert stayed in the hospital overnight and was released Saturday. He was at Barron Collier's practice Monday, but only to watch. Gilbert said he hopes to return by the start of the Class 6A-District 14 tournament on Feb. 6.
"We don't have a timeline (for Gilbert's return)," Rader said. "We're just glad he's at home and feeling fine. That's the good news."
A 5-foot-10 combo guard, Gilbert is Barron Collier's leading scorer this season at 12.4 points a game. The Cougars have three regular-season games left before the district tournament begins.