Razorbacks Not Rushing Powell Back For Start Of Practice

by Chris Bahn  on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010 9:30 pm  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

FAYETTVILLE — Marshawn Powell won’t be participating in when Arkansas basketball practice begins Friday. Don’t take that as a sign his broken foot has yet to heal properly.

Coach John Pelphrey said Wednesday the team is merely being cautious with the 6-foot-8 sophomore. They need him much more in season than in the preseason, so there is no point in rushing him back.

“We knew he’d be ready for the start of practice in terms of being allowed to be back out and moving around and doing those things, Pelphrey said. “What we’re not going to do is put him out there because he’s not in great shape yet and hurt something else. We’re being careful.”

Arkansas relied heavily on Powell last season. He averaged 14.7 points (second on the team) and a team-high 6.7 rebounds.

Pelphrey said Powell has been cleared and isn’t behind schedule. It’s doubtful Powell will suit up for the Red-White game on Oct. 23.

Forward Michael Sanchez, who missed most of last season with feet issues, is back full-speed, Pelphrey said. Sanchez is expected to provide valuable minutes in the frontcourt.

“He’s as healthy as we’ve seen him,” Pelphrey said. “He’s played as well as we’ve seen him in regards to individual instructions.”




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