Arcidiacono sidelined by back pain 

December, 8, 2011
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Ryan Arcidiacono (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy) is on the shelf and he’s one of those guys that the physical pain will dwarf the mental anguish of not being able to participate in basketball his senior year.

Arcidiacono will have surgery to repair a ruptured disc this month. He tried rehab, got cortisone shots and while things worked in moderation, none fixed the problem. Eighteen-year old kids shouldn’t have herniated discs at all, let alone worry about getting them removed. But, if you’ve ever watched this kid play and watched him get after it with little regard for his body, things would make more sense.

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Courtesy Jim HawkinsRyan Arcidiacono is the No. 4-ranked PG in the 2012 class.
The Villanova-bound senior is one of the toughest point guards I’ve seen in some time. Upon hearing that he was going to miss his senior year because of a back problem, the thought that this was self-induced immediately crossed my mind. “Arch” is the guy with the bruises and scratches that are indicators of his rugged style. The first time I ever saw him he had stitches above his eye. Did I mention he’s a point guard?

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