Nov. 29, 2005
SEATTLE - University of Washington freshman Harvey Perry was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower back and may miss up to nine more weeks, men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar announced Tuesday.
The 6-foot-4 guard has not participated in a regular-season game for the Huskies. He played 13 minutes on Nov. 6 in an exhibition game against Simon Fraser, totaling two points and five rebounds.
Perry felt back pain the week of Washington's Nov. 13 regular-season opener and has been sidelined for each of the first six games. After undergoing medical tests, the stress fracture was discovered. The diagnosis calls for four weeks of rest, a period in which he has already served three weeks. After one more week of inactivity, Perry begins a rehabilitation process that could take a maximum of eight weeks.
"It could be before then, but it could take as long as eight weeks," Romar explained. "After that process we will decide what is going to happen from there in terms of him actually playing this season. He is very optimistic and he is going to work hard in an effort to try and play, but we are not sure what is going to happen at this point."
A native of North Las Vegas, Nev., Perry finished up at Cheyenne High School in 2004 before attending prep school last year at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H. He was listed as the 59th-ranked recruit in the class of 2005 by Rivals.com and was an honorable mention prep All-America pick by Street & Smith's magazine.
"When we signed him we were counting on him, but now since his back is hurt, we are going to have to make adjustments," said Romar. "We got a pretty good feel from Harvey and what he is capable of doing. When he is able to begin practicing again, we will re-evaluate him from that point."
The Huskies (6-0), who moved up to 18th in this week's Associated Press poll, host No. 6 Gonzaga on Sunday, Dec. 4. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. for the game that will be televised live on FSN.