Colorado State’s J.J. Avila available but unlikely to play in Mountain West semifinals

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On Friday evening, Colorado State announced that senior forward J.J. Avila will be available for the Mountain West Conference Tournament semifinal against San Diego State, but is not expected to play.

Avila injured his ankle in the first half of Colorado State’s 71-59 win over Fresno State in the tournament quarterfinals. The All-Mountain West selection leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 16.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. In two games against the Aztecs this season (1-1), Avila is averaging 26.5 points per game.

While the team announced he’s unlikely to play, the 6-foot-7 forward seems to have a different opinion heading into Friday night’s semifinal:

The winner of Colorado State/San Diego State takes on the winner of Boise State/Wyoming in Saturday afternoon’s title game.

Colorado State is 27-5 (13-5 Mountain West) and is projected as a No. 11 seed in the latest College Basketball Talk bracket.