Huskies’ Suggs back with team after undergoing foot surgery

  • By Scott M. Johnson Herald Writer
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2011 12:01am
  • Sports

SEATTLE — Scott Suggs said Tuesday he doesn’t miss the running the University of Washington men’s basketball team has to do after practices.

What the senior swingman hadn’t factored in was the workout he would get walking with crutches from class to Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

Suggs was b

ack with the Huskies on Tuesday while wearing a boot on his right foot and moving around on crutches following surgery Friday to repair a stress fracture.

“I got out of class early, so I thought: I’ll just crutch down to the gym,” he said while standing outside the athletic department’s training room at Hec Ed on Tuesday. “It was a workout. I was sweating hard; my arms were burning. I was sore by the time I got here.”

Suggs said he had been experiencing discomfort in the foot for two weeks before he heard a pop at the end of an informal workout last Tuesday. Tests revealed a stress fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot, and he opted to undergo surgery to have a screw put in.

Now Suggs is expected to miss eight weeks, which will include the Huskies’ scheduled trip to his hometown to face the University of St. Louis on Nov. 20. Head coach Lorenzo Romar scheduled that game just to allow Suggs to play a game in his hometown before he graduates.

“I was upset when I heard,” he said. “Initially, it was supposed to be only three or four weeks, but now I’m going to miss the (St. Louis) game. I’m upset about it, but it happened, so I have to deal with it.”

Suggs, who averaged 7.4 points per game as a part-time starter last season, was one of the few established scorers on a team that lost its three top offensive weapons from last year’s Sweet 16 squad. He plays a wing position that has plenty of depth — sophomores C.J. Wilcox and Terrence Ross play a similar position — but was looking forward to getting extended minutes as a senior.

“It’s not going to be easy,” Suggs said. “It will be tough. But I’m sure the team will be just fine without me. We’ve got guys who will step up, and I’ll be ready when I come back.”

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