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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

October 10, 2006 at 12:49 PM

Hawes out 2-4 weeks (Updated)

The injury bug continues to bite the UW men’s basketball team.
As just announced by the school, freshman center Spencer Hawes will undergo arthroscopic surgery Wednesday (Oct. 11) to remove a loose particle in his right knee.
The school’s release continues to say that the 7-foot center is projected to be sidelined for two to four weeks, but a true timeline for his return won’t be available until the day after the surgery at the earliest.
“This is obviously a setback for Spencer and our program,” UW coach Lorneno Romar said in the release. “But, we are very optimistic based on what we have been told that he shouldn’t be out for very long. It also helps that he was already in great condition.”
The release continues to say that Romar served as the head coach of the United States’ team during last summer’s FIBA Americas under-18 Championships. Hawes was a member of that team that won the gold medal in San Antonio, Texas.
“We spent time together in July with the USA team to where he learned a lot of the things we’ll be going over during preseason practice,” Romar said in the release. “So, he’s already somewhat familiar with our system. We don’t anticipate him being too far behind.”
Hawes has apparently been bothered by the knee for a while and it was decided to do the surgery now rather than take any more chances.
UW is already without center Joe Wolfinger, out for possibly the season with a stress fracture, and guard Joel Smith, out another 3-4 weeks with a stress fracture.
Also, Hans Gasser has been slowed due to a shoulder separation suffered in August and G Brandon Burmeister was limited last week with a foot injury. Burmeister is still in a boot, though Gasser has been back playing in recent days.
So that means the Huskies may only have 10 healthy players for Friday’s Husky Hoopla event.
We’ll have more on this later.

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