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Husky Men's Basketball

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

March 4, 2008 at 9:36 PM

Holiday persevering

Seems like maybe we’ve written that once before already on here this year.
But that’s kind of been the theme of the season for UW freshman swingman Justin Holiday as every time he’s been ready to begin making a consistent impact, something seems to happen.
In late November, after he turned in an impressive defensive performance that helped UW beat Utah and advance to the New York portion of the NIT Season Tip-off he suffered a viral infection that caused him to miss one game and knock him out of enough practices that he fell out of the rotation for a while.
When he finally got back into it, he suffered a sprained MCL as well as a sprained ankle in what he termed “a freak accident” during practice a few days before the trip to Oregon.
Holiday said he was maneuvering for a rebound, trying to split through the pack, when he tripped over a teammate’s foot (apparently, Artem Wallace’s) and landed funny, suffering the injury.
“It wasn’t like I jumped,” he said. “I was just trying to go to the side and get around him.”
Tuesday, he was hoping to take as active a part of practice as he has since the injury, with an eye on possibly playing this weekend against Washington State, and at least next week in the Pac-10 Tournament.
“I’m just trying to get back into it and see what I can take and what I can’t take,” he said before practice Tuesday. “That’s what we’re trying to do right now.”
Holiday said he didn’t think he’d be 100 percent by the Cougar game but figures he should be next week.
“I’d like to (play in the Pac-10 tournament),” he said. “I should be ready by then.”
The illness and injuries, as well as simply adjusting to the Pac-10, have meant Holiday has played just 112 minutes in 17 games this season (he was injured too late in the year to consider redshirting).
“Everything happens for a reason,” he said. “So I’ll just take it in stride and just keep fighting.”

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