Tony Bennett hopeful Will Sherrill will play Thursday
Virginia Coach Tony Bennett said Tuesday that he's hopeful senior forward Will Sherrill will be healthy enough to play Thursday when the Cavaliers host Iowa State at John Paul Jones Arena. Sherrill has missed the past five games while recovering from a fractured fibula in his right leg that he suffered Nov. 29 at Minnesota.
The team did not begin practice until around 9 p.m. Monday after several players had trouble getting back to campus due to weather conditions. Bennett said Sherrill was limited in practice Monday and that how Sherrill's leg responds during today's workout will reveal a lot about his availability for Thursday night's game.
"You could see he wasn’t himself (Monday) in terms of moving around and all that," Bennett said of Sherrill. "But he did more than he obviously had up to that point ... If he can respond well and keep upping the intensity, I would hope that he would be available to play at least to some extent in this game coming up. But it’s all how he responds to the practices."
Bennett said senior forward Mike Scott, who returned to game action less than a week after undergoing arthroscopic ankle surgery Dec. 16, is not yet at full strength, either. Scott tallied 12 points and eight rebounds in 31 minutes off the bench during Virginia's 59-53 loss Dec. 22 to Seattle.
Scott's ankle did not swell after the Seattle game, though Bennett did notice the player favor the ankle throughout the contest. Scott's ankle responded well in the days that followed the loss, according to Bennett, who hopes the player will be closer to 100 percent against Iowa State. Scott leads the Cavaliers in scoring (15.9 ppg) and rebounding (10.2 rpg).
| December 28, 2010; 11:10 AM ET
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