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Husky Men's Basketball

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October 17, 2007 at 9:45 PM

Wolfinger update

Had a chance to talk a little bit with Joe Wolfinger at media day last week.
He said he can practice for about 80 minutes before he is shut down so as not to overwork his foot.
Having to limit his work is a new thing for him as he has always been known as one of the team’s hardest workers, though that’s likely what helped cause his injury in the first place.
But he’s happy just to be back out on the floor consistently.
“I was out for so long,” he said of missing last season with the foot stress fracture. “I never had an injury before, so I’m just trying to get my leg stronger and get my quickness back.”
He said he weighs about 257 pounds, about two more than the team wants him playing at this season. He got up to about 285 last winter when he was unable to do much due to the injury.
“I lost all that weight so that’s good,” he said.
That’s still significantly more than the 235 he weighed when he came to UW. Remember, putting on weight and strength was much of the reason for his redshirt season two years ago.
“I can push people around more now,” he said.
Wolfinger got people excited when he scored 17 points in the opener of UW’s trip to Greece. He said he scored his points on “midrange shots, a few threes, and I got fouled and got to the line a couple of times.”
Asked what it was like finally playing after almost two years away, he said “the quickness of the game was something I’ve got to get used to And I’ve got to get my leg stronger.”
Wolfinger said he doesn’t feel any pressure to have to take over for the vacancy left by the departure of Spencer Hawes.
“Not really,” he said. “We have a bunch of good posts on our teamm. Just because I’m 7-feet doesn’t mean I’ve got to be the next Spencer Hawes or whatever. But I learned a lot from him, a lot about hook shots. It was good watching him play last year.”

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