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Husky Men's Basketball

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December 31, 2008 at 10:52 AM

Breshers likely to redshirt; Turner doubtful Saturday

I’m ending the year with a bang, forgetting to take my computer with me to UW today, so I’m a little late with the news of the day from Lorenzo Romar’s meeting with the media this morning — the team practiced at 10 a.m.
Romar announced that Tyreese Breshers is almost certain to redshirt due to a troublsome recovery from off-season shin surgery.
It was also announced that Elston Turner is doubtful for Saturday’s game with a high ankle sprain but that the long-term prognosis is good — he could be back for a game the following Thursday against Stanford. Word is it didn’t turn out as bad as it initially looked with no breaks of any kind and no major swelling today.
As for Breshers, Romar had set this week as sort of a drop-dead week with the beginning of conference play. The freshman from Los Angeles is still unable to practice full-court, however, and Romar said “we’re kind of running out of time at this point.”
Romar had held off making the decision because when the 6-7 Breshers was able to practice he was impressive enough that Romar said he would think that “we could have used that yesterday.”
Romar said he wasn’t completely ruling out that things could change, saying “you just never know down the road” and Breshers will make some road trips, including this weekend to WSU.
But Breshers is approaching it as if he will sit out this season.
“I’m still not ready,” he said, saying the biggest problem now is his knee — doctors had to insert a rod into his shin through his knee and Breshers said that has taken much longer to recover from than anticipated.
“If I rest it, then I’m cool, then over a period of time it starts to hurt and I have to rest it again,” he said. “My shin isn’t bothering me anymore, it’s just the knee after the surgery. … Nobody thought it would take this long.”
He said he doesn’t think it will linger into next year, however. And he also pointed out the benefit of being a fifth-year senior down the road when he may an even greater impact than he would this year.
“I’m disappointed but it’s for the best,” he said. “My leg’s still not there and if I played it would probably get worse. … I feel I would have made an impact this year so coming back as a fifth-year senior that will help the team and this program.”

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