From brain surgery to college basketball: A flexible ride for a high school athlete

By Aaron Blankenship | Photos courtesy of Scott Dring

Aidan Dring surprised and inspired his coaches and teammates to return to the Dublin Coffman basketball squad just in time for the Shamrocks’ inaugural fall season, Less than three months after brain surgery.

Despite his stamina severely impaired by 33 grueling radiotherapy treatments that ended just days before the start of his first season, the shooting ranger worked as a closed defender and averaged five points playing limited minutes.

“It’s still amazing to think about what Aidan had to fight through just so he could get back into our squad,” said coach Jimmy Collins, who finished his injury-hit side 9-12 overall. “First, he had to go through a difficult and terrifying surgery. After that, he had over a month of radiation that exhausted his energy and conditioning, leaving him with a fuel tank that became empty faster than anyone else.