Wichita State’s Grady improving, to fly home with team

Anton Grady was carted off the court Friday after colliding with an Alabama player.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Wichita State players and coaches received uplifting news after losing a third consecutive game at the AdvoCare Invitational.

Injured forward Anton Grady is returning home with the 20th-ranked Shockers.

In a statement released by the school Sunday after an 84-62 loss to Iowa in the seventh-place game, Grady gave a "big thank you" to family, friends and team supporters for "all of the love and encouragement" he has received.

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Grady was recovering from what doctors believe is a spinal cord concussion sustained during a collision with an Alabama player in Friday’s game. Doctors found no signs of spinal cord trauma.

"I have a lot of work to do to get back on the court, but with the help of such a great support system, I’m ready for the challenge," Grady said.

After the game Sunday, Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said Grady would be released from the hospital. The school said Grady is walking with assistance.

"Anton is in great spirits," Marshall said. "His mom was there. I know that he’s had some great care. I think we’re out of the woods as far as his injury goes. Now it’s just a matter of him rehabbing. What comes next after that, I don’t know."

The team visited Grady at the hospital after practice on Saturday.

"We know he’s going to make a full recovery," said teammate Eric Hamilton, who received a text from Grady before the game. "We’re going to keep praying for him."

Wichita State is off until next Saturday when the Shockers visit St. Louis.