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October 19, 2008 at 5:55 PM

Breshers still on hold

As the Huskies began practice this weekend at St. Martin’s in Lacey, one player sitting it out was freshman forward Tyreese Breshers.
The 6-7 Breshers remains sidelined while recovering from shin surgery over the summer.
“It sucks not being able to play,” he said at Wednesday’s media day. “I should be back in about 2-3 weeks. Hopefully that’s the case.”
Breshers said the shin is actually not really the problem right now, however.
Instead, he said the bigger issue is his knee, explaining that the surgery involved putting a rod into his shin through the knee.
“They said my shin was arched in the back and wouldn’t really heal due to the pressure of my weight being on it,” he said. “So they put a rod in it to take the pressure off the back (of the shin).”
The surgery is apparently similar to that of former Husky Will Conroy, whom Breshers has gotten to know over the summer with Conroy hanging around playing in pickup games. Conroy had shin surgery after leaving UW.
Breshers hasn’t had much real basketball activity since his high school season ended last March, initially resting the shin and hoping it would heal on its own before it was then decided that he needed surgery. The injury bothered Breshers all last season, he said.
“I’ve just been jogging, but not so much that it hurts my knee,” he said of his recent activity. “Actual basketball stuff, I do jump shots and move around every now and then and do the best I can as far as my knee goes.”
That he hasn’t done a lot recently and also has to make the adjustment to D-I basketball is one reason there has been some speculation Breshers could redshirt this season. But no decision has been made and won’t be (nor does it have to be) until the season begins.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar said he will go into the season planning on having Breshers play this season, but as happened last year with Darnell Gant, will leave the option to redshirt there until the last minute. If you recall, it wasn’t until the day of the first game it was decided Gant would redshirt.
Romar has said conditioning could be the biggest issue for Breshers once he returns.
Breshers, however, said he is in good shape considering his limitations, saying he weighs 257 pounds, down from the 265 he played at last season at Price High in Los Angeles.
Breshers has been able to participate in a few drills during pre-season workouts and Romar told a story at media day about one instance where Breshers was trying to get around Jon Brockman, and went from one side to the other, and then back, while the ball was rolling around the rim. He told the story to illustrate the quickness he says Breshers has, which he says will be one of his biggest attributes once healthy.
Asked what he’ll bring to the team, Breshers said “a lot of rebounding, a lot of blocked shots, and just working hard.”
For now, he’s simply waiting.

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