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April 10, 2008 8:21 PM

Artem Wallace update

Posted by Bob Condotta

UW forward Artem Wallace had what was termed "successful'' surgery earlier this week to repair the ACL tear suffered in the season-ending CBI tournament game against Valparaiso.

I'm told a ligament was taken from his hamstring and used to repair the knee.

UW trainers originally estimated a 6-9-month recovery time and with the surgery having apparently gone as well as hoped, he could be on the short end of that span, which could have him ready for the start of the season. Even at nine months he would be ready for the Pac-10 schedule.

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Posted by im mikey

8:33 PM, Apr 10, 2008

being able to play and being able to compete are obviously different. the good news is that artem is a hard worker, so despite this step back, i still have high hopes for him next year. the great news is that practicing your free throws doesnt put too much strain on your knee.

Posted by grant

10:13 PM, Apr 10, 2008

We need Artem. I think MBA WILL be solid, but I want the senior who has proven himself to be a good defender/rebounder and capable scorer playing most of the minutes. MBA needs a little more experience before he takes over down low. Or if Wolf works on his footwork all summer, that could help...we need Artem.

Posted by tedrobinson

11:07 PM, Apr 10, 2008


That's good news regarding Artem. Do you know why it took so long (three weeks) between the injury and the surgery?

Posted by Jed

11:27 PM, Apr 10, 2008

This is a tough injury to come back from and play with the same reckless abandon without favoring it or fear of reinjury. Artem's physical play inside has been a great asset; just ask the Lopez brothers and Kevin Love. Brock and Artem defensively can really hold their own inside.

He is an important component of this team. Hoping for a complete and relatively rapid recovery.

Short of a miraculous transformation I don't look for help on the court from Wolf. I hope I am proven wrong.

Posted by Bob Condotta

11:45 PM, Apr 10, 2008

Ted --- My understanding is that it's common to wait a little while on knee injuries to let the swelling go down (similar to the wait on Jason Wells during football). Also, there are sometimes scheduling issues involved, as well. This was pretty much the time frame discussed at the time of the diagnosis, if you recall. It took a few days for them to make that, and then the surgery was set for early April.

Posted by jumper

8:02 AM, Apr 11, 2008

I ran into Artem Wallace on campus a few weeks ago and spoke briefly with him. He said they were waiting for the swelling to go down before they could do surgery. He assured me he would be back and ready for next year so he has a good attitude.

Posted by G

10:58 AM, Apr 11, 2008

i ran into him a few days ago, i think monday and he was still limping, but not very much... so probably was about time for surgery

Posted by DawgMan

10:11 AM, Apr 13, 2008

Wallace is done. He was over his head playing in the Pac-10 anyway and this setback will be an insurmountable obstacle for him.

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