Washington will be without 6-foot-7 center Hakeem Rollins, one its experienced big men, Sunday against No. 12-ranked North Carolina State (8-0). Rollins had arthroscopic surgery...
Washington will be without 6-foot-7 center Hakeem Rollins, one of its experienced big men, Sunday against 12th-ranked North Carolina State (8-0).
Rollins had arthroscopic surgery Wednesday on his right knee to clean it up. There was no ligament damage.
“He’ll be out a couple games, not very long,” UW coach Lorenzo Romar said. “It should be a week and a half or two weeks. He should be back for conference (play).
“It’s better to clean it up now so he can come back 100 percent. It was very minor.”
The senior from Mesa, Ariz., is averaging 15.6 minutes, 3.9 points and 1.9 rebounds through eight games. He joins 6-6 swingman Brandon Roy on the sideline as the No. 18-ranked Huskies (7-1) host the Wolfpack in a nationally televised game at 5 p.m.
Roy suffered a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee during the first half of the Huskies’ Nov. 26 win over Oklahoma in the Great Alaska Shootout. He had surgery Nov. 30, and his recovery time was estimated at four to six weeks.
“He’s coming along nicely. He has not gone through a practice yet, so it’ll be hard to tell when he’ll come back,” Romar said. “It’s definitely possible for conference.”
The Huskies open Pac-10 play Dec. 31 against California.
Hans Gasser, a 6-9 sophomore center, should continue to fill in underneath.
“Hans came in and did a nice job for us last game (a 100-93 win over Loyola Marymount),” Romar said. “I’m sure he’ll get the opportunity.
“We haven’t had a whole team together for an entire game yet. Fortunately, we’ve not had to take too many on the chin as the result of it.”