The final decision on Suggs' availability belongs to UW trainers. If he's unavailable, freshman guard Andrew Andrews gets the start.
Scott Suggs said he’s feeling better after suffering a concussion Tuesday and wants to play Saturday when Washington faces Seton Hall in the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament in Uncasville, Conn.
But the final decision on his availability belongs to UW trainers.
“He’s kind of day-to-day in terms of a decision for this weekend,” coach Lorenzo Romar said. “We’ll have to wait and see.”
Suggs will need a battery of neurological tests and has to be symptom-free for 48 hours before returning to the court.
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Before the Huskies left Thursday afternoon for their flight to the East Coast, Suggs was hopeful for a quick recovery.
“I’m doing a lot better today, but yesterday I was kind of tired,” he said. “Kind of foggy, but a lot better today.”
If he’s unavailable, Washington will replace the fifth-year senior guard with redshirt freshman guard Andrew Andrews.
“We just need another guy to step up to replace what Scott brings,” senior co-captain Abdul Gaddy said. “Andrew and Hikeem (Stewart) are capable of doing that. Both are really good players. Both are up-and-coming and make plays in their own ways.”
Suggs’ value became apparent after he was knocked out of the game in the second minute of UW’s 63-62 loss to Albany.
“With Scott out, that changes a little with how we’re trying to run our offense,” Romar said. “You kind of have to adjust on the fly.”
It initially seemed Albany guard Mike Black elbowed Suggs in the head, but actually the injury came after Black inadvertently hit Suggs with his hand, causing the UW guard to fall down. As he was falling, an Albany player kneed him in the back of head.
“Everything had to happen just like that for all of that stuff to happen to Scott,” Romar said, snapping his fingers several times. “But it did. It was just a freak accident.”
Without Suggs, who scored 15 points in a season-opening win over Loyola Maryland, Washington (1-1) was forced to play Andrews 36 minutes in his second outing. He finished with nine points and four assists, but tired on the defensive end against Black, who had a game-high 22 points.
“By the end of that game, (Andrews) didn’t have a whole lot left,” Romar said. “So (losing Suggs) affects you in a lot of different ways.”
Even without Suggs, Romar felt the Huskies should have won at home against Albany, which captured its first win against a team from a BCS conference.
Washington’s task is more difficult this weekend.
The Huskies play Seton Hall (2-0) before meeting No. 4 Ohio State (1-0) or Rhode Island (0-2) Sunday.
“We just want to do well on this trip this weekend,” Gaddy said. “Quick turnaround. The main thing: Don’t let one (defeat) turn into two.”
• Romar said Sacramento, Calif., guard Darin Johnson, who signed with UW on Wednesday, will be expected to contribute in a major way next season.
“Darin is a 6-5 wing that’s explosive (and) can shoot the basketball,” Romar said. “He’s a gym rat. A guy that is very passionate about the game and wants to be the best. When you have that combination, that’s usually a formula that’s going to produce excellence.”