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October 14, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Lorenzo Romar said Scott Suggs will return in eight weeks

Coach Lorenzo Romar met with the local media before the start fall practice to discuss senior co-captain Scott Suggs, who underwent surgery to repair a fractured right pinkie toe.
“Scott has a stress fracture in his foot,” Romar said. “He is having surgery as we speak to get a screw put in. We anticipate a full recovery within an eight-week period.”
Suggs may return for the Dec. 10 game against Duke at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Here’s a transcript of the Romar interview.


(When did he start feeling pain?) “The last couple weeks, it bothered him a little bit, nagging him. And I think he was in the shower and slipped a little bit, felt something pop. That was yesterday or the night before.”
(Did he need surgery or could he have played through it?) “Usually in those situations, you could gimp through it. But one wrong move and now you have a clean break, now you can’t play through that. So it’s better that he got it taken care of now without the risk of breaking it.”
(What was your conversation like with Suggs?) “We just talked about how he knows our system backwards and forwards and he was in great shape. So when he does come back, it won’t take him long to come back. The tough part about it is he was playing so well. He was playing with so much confidence. And it was his senior year. You don’t want anyone to miss any practice his senior year. But he’s moved on. He’s having surgery.”
(Did the word ‘redshirt’ come up?) “No.”
(This hits the team where it’s deepest.) “We do have depth, fortunately, that way. But again, you’re talking about a senior captain, and he was playing his best basketball. So you lose that. And he was our leading shooter, shooting 45 percent from the 3-point line. You lose that, you lose a defender, you lose a guy who’s experienced with know-how and was playing really well. In spite of our depth, that’s still losing a lot as far as I’m concerned. But he’ll be back.”
(It’s really unfortunate Suggs isn’t going to make the trip to St. Louis seeing as he’s from that area.) “The only reason we’re playing that game is for him. I know a lot of people were excited to see him play. It’s amazing, the timing of it.”
(What was Suggs’ role?) “One of the guys that was going to score a lot of points for us, one of the guys who was going to provide experience for us, the overall know-how. He was going to fill a lot of roles.”
(Who does those things now?) “Well Terrence (Ross) and C.J. (Wilcox) and our other guards. We approach everything as a committee. Other guys will have to step up and do those things.”
(Is eight weeks accurate. The initial school release said he’d return in 8-12 weeks.) “Well it’s my understanding that if he opted to not have surgery, just try to let it heal on its own it would take longer 12 weeks. Surgery (is) eight weeks.”
(Would it be fair to call him a likely starter?) “He was playing well. He was playing awfully well. He was playing really well. It’s moot now to anoint him as a starter, but he was playing as good as anybody.”
(When he comes back, will he need time to acclimate?) “Well that’s the thing, he won’t to learn anything we’re doing. He knows it. It’ll take him a few days – I mean literally a few days probably to being back in the right condition. Because when you come back from an injury like that it’s not like the eighth week you start to condition. He’ll start the conditioning in several weeks. So when he comes back, it won’t take him long.”
(Previous injury?) “I don’t think so. Other than the last couple of weeks when it was just nagging him. I don’t think it was something that some baggage in the past to my knowledge. But I’m not a doctor.”
(No redshirt talk. Why?) “We just having talked redshirt. We’ll talk redshirt under one condition. (If) the season is lost it seems or before they get here. But redshirt hasn’t come up in any conversation or any thought.”
(Aware before you went to NY trip?) “I was aware on my way to New York. Yes. On my way to New York.”
(Initial reaction?) “Was him. Felt bad for him. I’m sorry to keep repeating myself, but he had worked hard. He’s playing so well. He’s playing with a high level of confidence. You could just see it. I’d feel bad for him if he was a junior or a sophomore, but as a senior that’s when you want everything to go right. You don’t want any setbacks. So I felt bad for him. That was my initial thought.”
(Something you expect your captains to do at practices?) “He’s one of the veterans that have done a great job of helping teaching and leading our young people in our system, and learning our system. Some of the drills we do when fatigue sets in, he’d be one of the guys that’s just going to fight through it and be that example and show the others how to do it that way. So you miss that.”
(Does this affect whether you redshirt Andrew Andrews?) “No. Not at all.”
(If there were another injury in the backcourt, does that leave you thin at guard?) “No. No. I mean, we could … how many guards do you play in a game? A case could be made for if we had three guards they would all play 30, 35 minutes a game — like a lot of teams in our conference do. You look at SC and Cal over the years, those guys have logged a lot of minutes, they play a lot of minutes. That’s just what would happen. When you say ‘thin,’ you don’t have as many guys, you’re not as deep. But I don’t see it (as) ‘What are we going to do now? We don’t have enough players.’ I don’t see it that way. That’s one of luxuries of having depth, and why it’s important to have depth, because you never know when something like this is going to happen.”
(How bummed is the team? Have you been able to get a sense?) “Not yet. … Whenever something like this happens, guys are down. One of their family members. But it’s not like Tyreese (Breshers), who couldn’t play any more. It’s not like Abdul, season-ending. Scott will be back.”
(You forsee a guy like freshman Hikeem Stewart, who may be down on the dept chart, getting an opportunity for minutes?) “You said he was low on the depth chart. [Laughs] I didn’t say he was low on the depth chart. It’s an opportunity for everyone on the team that is a perimeter guy.”
(Will Suggs still do everything with the team? Will he go to New York and things like that?) “Oh, yeah — except today, because he is in surgery.”
(So he won’t go with the team to Olympia tonight?) “Probably not. Because we are leaving after practice and he will be recovering from surgery. We’ll see … we’ve got to wait and see how the surgery is going to turn out.”
(Do you know when he’ll be back on the court?) “No. No I don’t. Not at this time. Again, because of the surgery, after they go in there and do everything they have to do, that will be determined I would think.”
(Only one screw in his toe?) “It’s one screw, to my knowledge.”

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