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July 14, 2008 7:11 PM

Brockman back, more from open gym

Posted by Bob Condotta

Just back from watching Washington's workout today, which was highlighted by the return of forward Jon Brockman.

It was his first action since surgery on Memorial Day to fix the ankle injury he suffered in the regular season finale at Washington State. I talked with Jon for a while and I'll have a story on that in tomorrow's paper and on-line a little later. Cliff's notes version is that he's glad to be back and thinks the ankle should be fine now.

I also will have a more detailed report later in this space on my impressions of today's run, the first time I've had a chance to watch some of the newcomers. I'll try to have that up by sometime tomorrow at the latest.

For now, I will pass along a few quick notes:

--- Tyreese Breshers continues to sit on the sidelines as he says he is out two months with a shin fracture that he suffered last year at Price High in Los Angeles. In fact, Breshers said he suffered the injury before the season but never told anyone until afterward, not wanting to put in danger his senior year of basketball. He said the two-month diagnosis came once he arrived at UW last week. He said a doctor in LA had told him he could keep playing but Breshers said the persistent pain led him to believe something was wrong. He's hoping rest will cure the injury but admitted there's a chance he may have to redshirt. "I'm not sure,'' he said. "Me and the coaches haven't talked about it. I'm just keeping the hopes up.'' Breshers said he weighs 254 pounds, down from 264 during his high school season, and has been staying in shape riding a stationary bike while the team plays.

--- Among those playing today was former Husky Phil Nelson, who left after last season to transfer to Portland State, where he will be a sophomore this year. Nelson is in town helping coach an AAU team from Portland at the tournament over at Bellevue Community College and decided to take in a run with his former teammates. "We're still family,'' Nelson said. Nelson has recovered from a torn ligament, fracture and bone spur in his foot that likely would have caused him to miss last season even if he hadn't been forced to sit out for transferring --- he said the injury didn't happen while at UW and was more of an over-use type of thing. He said he's looking forward to this season at PSU, which will include a return to UW for a game in December, saying his role on the team "will be similar to high school'' --- he played at McNary High in Oregon.

--- Artem Wallace is still out recovering from knee surgery and Joe Wolfinger is sitting out games right now to rest his oft-injured foot but everyone else was present.

All for now.

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Posted by g

7:40 PM, Jul 14, 2008

thanks for update bob. keep them coming. sounds as if breshers will have to redshirt, so who are we getting?

Posted by woof woof

8:41 PM, Jul 14, 2008

we wont pick up anyone

Posted by B

9:01 PM, Jul 14, 2008

Breshers still counts towards the scholarship count so if they do redshirt him which they could afford to, he will basically be grouped into next years class kinda the same way that gant was put into this years group.

Plus there really aren't any solid guys out there to pick up other than a transfer. I could see romar not wanting to redshirt him so that he can continue to bring in a full class every year but it all depends on what is best for the team in the long run. I mean look at joel smith, there is a case of a red shirt that was not necessary because we didn't use the last year of eligibility

Posted by Scott

9:16 PM, Jul 14, 2008

Bob,
Are these workouts open to the public?

Posted by 206er

9:50 PM, Jul 14, 2008

even with breshers redshirting we should be deeper than last year up front. at this point i'd start jon and mba, and that leaves artem, wolf, and darnell for subs. thanks bob, good to hear husky news to lift my spirits and get my mind off of the sonics.

Posted by mike@mike.com

10:11 PM, Jul 14, 2008

My god, Wolfinger is made of glass.

s Isiah Thomas on campus yet.

Posted by Brandon

10:18 PM, Jul 14, 2008

I've seen IT around.

Posted by Bob Condotta

11:16 PM, Jul 14, 2008

IT is there and was at the run today --- I talked with him and will have some of that coming later.

Also, redshirting players remain on scholarship so that wouldn't change anything. But to be clear, all I wrote is that Breshers hopes it doesn't happen and that they haven't talked about it. Any time a guy goes months without playing, however, especially a true freshman, it's something that is out there so I felt it worth the question. But any decision on that likely won't come for quite a while --- they don't have to decide until the day of the first game, as happened last year with Gant.

Posted by Btown

9:12 AM, Jul 15, 2008

Redshirt Breshers, we can definitely afford to do that this year with who we already have in the front court. It sounded before like Romar wanted to work on his conditioning and getting him down closer to the 240 range, but that'll be hard to do when all can do is ride a stationary bike. We'll see what happens.

Posted by txter

10:23 PM, Jul 15, 2008

F.Y.I. Isaiah has been up at the UW working out since returning from the east coast. Sounds like he's been working hard and getting ready to play some ball......

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