Ole Miss’ newest post-graduate transfer has an extra year to complete his eligibility because of an injury.
Tomasz Gielo, a versatile forward for Liberty University, sustained a stress fracture in his right foot seven games into his senior season.
He did not return and was granted a medical redshirt.
“I got a rebound and passed the ball in transition. I started spinning and stepped on my right foot. I felt a little bit of a pinch. I didn’t know it was going to be that serious. At first I thought I just turned my ankle a little bit. We got all the medical exams done, and it turned out I had a small crack in my bone,” said Gielo, a native of Poland.
Gielo averaged 12 points and 6.3 rebounds in those seven games last year. He averaged 10.9 points and 5.9 rebounds in 31 starts as a junior.
He shot 40.4 percent from the arc then.
“Most people say I’m a stretch 4, a guy who can shoot the 3 and that’s about it, I think my game is more than that,” he said. “During my time at Liberty I started at the 3, the small forward. I have really good ball-handling skills. I can bring the ball up and down the court. I can shot-fake and drive, and get to the rim. I shot 40 percent from 3 over the last three years. I think I have a lot of tools, and I think I can help the Rebels a lot this upcoming year.”
Gielo says his foot is fine.
“I didn’t have surgery. I just had to sit out and do rehab with my athletic trainer. Right now I feel great. I haven’t felt any pain in that foot for months. I’m 100 percent ready to go. I’m doing everything, lifting weights, playing basketball, working on my game. I haven’t had any issues with that for the past three or four months.”