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Husky Men's Basketball

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

March 2, 2007 at 3:43 PM

Wolfinger update

I had a brief note earlier today on the status of Joe Wolfinger, whose recovery from a foot injury has apparently taken a turn for the better, and I’ll expand on that here.
It was thought a few weeks ago that Wolfinger might finally need surgery to repair a stress fracture that has kept him out all season.
But UW coach Lorenzo Romar said Friday that the foot has responded well recently and surgery may not be necessary.
Romar said he made the comments about surgery being possible because Wolfinger’s bone still showed a break when the boot was removed a few weeks ago.
“But as he began to become more active, there was no pain,” Romar said. “As he continues to be pain free and activity has increased, there is a chance he won’t have to have surgery.”
Romar said Wolfinger is doing the stairmaster, shooting flat-footed and even some light jumping.
Romar said Wolfinger may begin jogging next week.
“We’re trying to increase it more and more and see if he can pass each mini-test so that he can eventually run on it,” Romar said.
The 7-foot Wolfinger redshirted last season to add a little bulk, weighing 230 pounds when he showed up at UW in the fall of 2005.
Ironically, he now needs to lose a little weight as he is up to about 275 pounds. But Romar said the weight isn’t a real concern.
“When he is really able to start running, I think he’ll top off at about 260-265, which he can carry just fine,” Romar said. “You see him at 275, he just looks good. He doesn’t look too big or too skinny.”
The return to full health of Wolfinger is critical as the Huskies may need another big body next season should Spencer Hawes turn pro. Either way, Wolfinger figures to have a key role next year.

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