Goodbye St. Louis. Hello New York.
Washington senior Scott Suggs met with the media Tuesday afternoon for the first time since undergoing surgery last Friday to repair a fracture in his right little toe.
The injury will force the senior guard to miss the game at Saint Louis, which is about 45 minutes from his hometown of Washington, Mo. The Huskies arranged the game against the Billikens for Suggs, their co-captain. He was expecting a large turnout from family and friends. His old high school doesn’t have classes the day of the game and were expected to fill the stands.
“I’ve been looking forward to playing in front of my family and friends for awhile,” Suggs said. “I was real disappointed when I heard that. It’s disappointing, but they’ll be another opportunity to play back home.”
Suggs hopes to return in time for Washington’s games in New York against Marquette (Dec. 6) and Duke (Dec.10).
Here’s a transcript from yesterday’s interview with Suggs.
strong>(What happened?) “It had been bothering me for for a weeks, but I just thought we’d just started workouts over here and been doing more stuff and I was sore from that. Then we had our first unofficial practice on Tuesday and it ‘popped’ afterwards. I felt a pop. So i went to go see Pat and they went to take x-rays. They found a stress fracture.”
(Did you know something was wrong before hand?) “When it popped i knew something was wrong with it, but before hand I just thought it was sore.”
(Have you thought about what it’s going to be like to miss eight weeks?) “I’m sure I will more when it comes and we start playing games and everything. It’s not going to be be easy. It’ll be tough, but I think the team will be just fine without me. We got guys will step up and I’ll just be ready when I come back.”
(How was the surgery?) “It was about what they expected. They expect me to heal just fine, there was no complications during surgery or anything like that, so everything went well.”
(How do you feel about missing the St. Louis game?) “I was upset when I heard. Initially it was only supposed to be like 3-4 weeks, but when they found out I had to have surgery and I would miss the game. I was upset about it, but it happens so I got to deal with it.”
(Sounds like you’re shooting to return for the New York City games.) “That’s the goal right now. We’ll see how it goes. But for right now, that’s what we’re working towards.”
(How long will you be in the boot?) “It’ supposed to be about two weeks in the boot. I think next week I’m going to try and put more pressure on it. In like 4-5 week doing some light running and stuff.)
(You said the team will be fine without you, why do you say that?) “We got some preseason games and we can get some of these young guys some experience in (those) games. Anytime we’ve had injures in the past, we’ve always had guys step up so I’m not expecting this to be any different.”
(Have you talked to Abdul Gaddy who was in a similar situation last season?) “Yeah everybody has been real supportive. Told me to keep my head up. Just stay ready because they’re going to need me when I come back.”
(Can you still contribute if you’re not playing?) “Yeah. I’ve experienced just being here. I can give guys advice. We have seven freshmen so we’re going to need older guys on and off the court showing guys how we do things.”
(How long have you been feeling the pain?) “Probably about three weeks. In the last two weeks it had really been bothering me a lot. And then the week I found out about it, it was hurting pretty bad. But I really didn’t think anything of it.”
(Why?) “I kind of just thought we’d been on our feet more so it was just more sore than it had been. Anytime I got a chance to put my feet up, I just rested my feet. But when I felt a ‘pop’ I knew something was wrong.”
(Did you consider not having the surgery and playing with the pain?) “We went through all the options. We thought about it for a couple of days actually. We looked at the averages and the statistics of non-surgery and with surgery. With surgery was the quickest process with an average of like eight weeks. I think without surgery it was like 12-16 weeks. So eight weeks sounds better than 12.”
(Has getting around campus been a chore?) “I didn’t even think about it until today. I had class and my mom was going to pick me up, but I got out of class early. So I was like I’ll just walk down to the gym and it was a workout.”
(Did you go to Olympia?) “Nah. I had surgery Friday evening and I spent the weekend at the hotel with my mom.”
(Was it difficult being away?) “It was hard, but guys were texting me and calling me to let me know how stuff was going. I wanted to be there, but I knew physically I couldn’t.”
(Any part of it that you’re glad you missed?) “The running. I’m glad I didn’t have to run. But I’d rather run and be there than be in the situation that I’m in.”
(Will you go to the St. Louis game?) “I’ll be there.”
(Will you family go?) “Yeah everybody will still be out there.”
(Ever had anything this frustrating happen in your basketball career?) “The closest thing to it is probably my junior year of high school when I broke my wrist at the beginning of the year. I was out about the same amount of time 6-8 weeks.”
(What have you said to the team?) “Just try to stay positive. Try no not to think about it too much. Just focusing on rehabbing as much as I can and getting better.”
(How tough is it to miss the St. Louis game?) “I’ve been looking forward to playing in front of my family and friends for awhile. I was real disappointed when I heard that. It’s disappointing, but they’ll be another opportunity to play back home.”
WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— If you want to know why some people like Oregon to finish near the top of the Pac-12 this season, take a look at the Ducsk’ revamped front court.
— Interesting story on 7-3 Utah Utes center David Foster, who has a difficult time relaxing before games.
— Washington State picked up another verbal commitment when Shadle Park HIgh star Brett Boese agreed to play for the Cougars. The 6-7 forward is a two-star prospect, according to ESPN.com. He joins 6-10 center Richard Peters.
— Big weekend for Arizona, which hosts Kaleb Tarczewski. The 7-foot, 5-star center from New Hampshire is the top remaining target in the class of 2012 and he’s deciding between Kansas and Arizona.