Xavier talented freshman Edmond Sumner has been released from a Philadelphia-area hospital and is headed back to Cincinnati with his teammates after being stretchered off the court following a collision early in the Musketeers' loss to Villanova on Thursday.
Sumner took a pass on the right side from teammate Remy Abell less than three minutes into the game, drove to the basket, was fouled, and Villanova's 6-foot-6, 240-pound forward Kris Jenkins appeared to land on his head.
Xavier went on to lose the game 95-64.
"I am not worried about that," Musketeers coach Chris Mack told ESPN of the team's 31-point loss. "That was the hardest thing I've ever gone through. I had the worst thing going through my mind when he wasn't responding right away. I am just so happy Ed is OK."
Sumner was able to move his extremities on the court, and he even squeezed his teammates' hands while they surrounded him. He was placed on a stretcher and taken to Paoli Hospital, where he underwent a CT scan and other tests.
Sumner was able to walk and talk, and was released from the hospital at approximately 3 p.m.
Edmond Summer will be joining our team for the flight home. Has been released from the hospital. Anxious to have him back w us. #GreatNews— Chris Mack (@CoachChrisMack) December 31, 2015
Sumner has arguably been Xavier's most important player, as the Musketeers had gone 12-1 before Thursday. The 6-foot-5 Detroit native was second on the team in scoring at 11.7 points per game and was leading the team in assists at 3.3 per contest.