Abdul Gaddy got the news Wednesday he’d been longing to hear. He’s good to go.
The Washington guard tore the ACL in his left knee nine months ago, but doctors officially gave him the OK to practice without any limitations. No more light shooting or ellipticals. He’s done enough of that already.
“We were going into today expecting to hear that I was going to have to gradually get back into action,” Gaddy said in a statement released by the school. “But [team doctor Chris Wahl] was like ‘no, you’re good.’ Coach Romar even asked that if we had two-a-days would I be able to go in both and he was said yes and that I was good to go.”
That gives the Huskies their point guard and steady on-court leader right when they need him. Gaddy, who averaged 8.5 points and 3.8 assists in 13 games last season before his injury, will be asked to lead a team full of talented underclassmen who don’t have Isaiah Thomas or Matthew Bryan-Amaning to lean on. For a team with Pac-12 title aspirations, that’s key.
And that’s fine with Gaddy.
“We have a lot of talent, probably one of the most athletic teams in the Pac-12, if not the country,” Gaddy said. “We have really good guards and wings. We also have good bigs, but we have to keep them out of foul trouble — that’ll be the main thing. I really like the look of our team.”
Now he just has to figure out who he’ll feature the most. Sophomore Terrence Ross? Freshman Tony Wroten Jr.? C.J. Wilcox?
Let’s say those are nice problems to have.
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