Wilcox's hip injury not getting any better
Chances are slim Washington’s leading scorers will miss the game Sunday against crossstate-rival Washington State, but Tony Wroten Jr. and C.J. Wilcox are nursing nagging injuries that have the Huskies concerned.
Soreness in his elbows, tail bone and hip made the 18-year-old Wroten walk slowly and hunched over like an 81-year-old man before practice Friday.
He took a nasty spill in the second half Tuesday when Seattle University guard T.J. Diop knocked him to the floor on a layup attempt.
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“It felt like it goes by in slow motion,” Wroten said. “When you’re in the moment and in the air falling, the fall just hurts 10 times worse.”
Still, the freshman guard is nearly convinced he’ll play against WSU.
“It’s about a 1 percent chance I don’t play,” Wroten said. “It’s Washington State. This is one of the games on the schedule that you don’t want to miss.
“Growing up as a Washington fan, this is a big game. It’s like a national championship to us.”
Wilcox’s left hip injury is the most pressing medical concern for Washington.
The sophomore guard underwent a second MRI and skipped workouts Thursday and Friday as the UW medical staff determines how to treat the injury that has gotten progressively worse the past three weeks.
Wilcox has taken anti-inflammatory pills and used heating pads to dull the pain. However, rest appears to be the perfect prescription.
“The more I do, the more sore it gets,” Wilcox said. “Right now it’s fine because I took the day off. We’re just playing it by ear.”
Washington (10-6, 3-1 Pac-12) would be severely short-handed if either Wroten or Wilcox were to miss the game against the Cougars (9-7, 1-3). The Huskies rely on a seven-man rotation, not including spot duty from freshman forwards Shawn Kemp Jr. and Martin Breunig.
Wroten averages 17.0 points a game, which leads UW and is second in the Pac-12, while Wilcox is second among the Huskies and fifth in the conference at 15.5.
They couldn’t be more different in their styles.
Wroten gets the majority of his points on dribble-drive layups and has made just 6 of 27 shots behind the arc. He’s shooting 53.8 percent at the line, but has made 64 foul shots, which is second in the conference.
Wilcox, meanwhile, has scored 57 percent of his points on three-pointers. His 44 three-point shots rank second in the Pac-12. He has also converted 36 of 40 free throws.
Despite the hip injury, Wilcox scored a career-high 25 points Tuesday and tallied 24 two weeks ago against Oregon.
“It affects my running,” he said. “I don’t know how it affects my shooting. I’m pretty normal when I shoot, but as far planting, running and jumping, that’s when I feel it.”
• Freshman Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the football standout who joined the Huskies on Monday, participated in his first extensive practice Friday. Romar said there’s a chance he could make his college debut against WSU.
• The Huskies will honor former coach Marv Harshman, 94, on Sunday. He compiled a 246-146 record at UW and is second on the school’s career victories list. Harshman also was 155-81 at WSU; his career record is 642-448.
• The 520 bridge will be closed this weekend, which will affect UW fans Sunday. The 520 stretch between Interstate 5 and Montlake Boulevard will remain open, but the highway is closed between Montlake and Interstate 405.
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