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Posted at 11:40 PM ET, 12/17/2010

Tony Bennett: No time frame on returns of Mike Scott, Will Sherrill

By Steve Yanda

Following Virginia's 63-48 win Friday over Oregon, Coach Tony Bennett discussed in further detail the ankle injury that kept senior forward Mike Scott from participating in the game. Scott injured his ankle during a recent practice and underwent arthroscopic surgery Thursday.

Bennett said he had no time frame on when Scott might be able to return, though it's clear Scott will not be back in action for at least a couple weeks. Scott leads the team in scoring (16.3 points per game) and rebounding (10.4 rebounds per game) and had tallied five straight double-doubles prior to his injury.

The Cavaliers were given two days off following their 54-44 win Dec. 7 over Radford. Three-quarters of the way through a skill development workout on Dec. 10, Scott felt he tweaked his ankle. Bennett later reviewed film of the sequence and said Scott "jarred his ankle."

Scott did not practice on Dec. 11, and the team had the following day off. When the team resumed practice, Scott returned but only went at what Bennett estimated to be 70 percent of full speed.

"He couldn't open it up," Bennett said.

Two-thirds of the way through that practice, Scott's ankle "bit again," according to Bennett, forcing Scott to undergo an MRI exam.

"Apparently, there’s a little piece of cartilage that was right on a spot that needed to be flushed out," Bennett said.

Scott underwent arthroscopic surgery on the ankle Thursday, during which several other loose caritlage particles were cleared out of the area.

"His return time, it’s all about how quickly the swelling gets out and how functional he can be," Bennett said. "I’m hoping it’s not too long, but a lot depends on the next week probably, how much swelling comes out of it and where he’s at."

Also on the injury front, senior forward Will Sherrill continues to rehab from the fractured fibula he suffered in his right leg Nov. 29. Sherrill has started to walk, jog and perform other athletic moves, according to Bennett.

"It’s all really based on what he can endure and handle," Bennett said. "It’s one of those deals where he was sore the other day and he actually responded well. I don’t know if there’s a time frame. It’s whenever he can handle it ... Walking and cutting and running is one thing, and then opening it up and playing full-blast, that’s a different deal. And he’s not to that spot at all yet.

"It’d be nice if we can get he and Mike back sooner than later because we need ‘em."

Without their two typical starting forwards, the Cavaliers began Friday's game with a four-guard lineup that included junior center Assane Sene as the only natural frontcourt player.

Freshman guard Joe Harris (6-foot-6) spent a good amount of time in the post against Oregon and finished with six rebounds. Freshman forward Akil Mitchell logged a season-high 26 minutes in light of Sene's foul trouble and produced a team-high seven rebounds.

By Steve Yanda  | December 17, 2010; 11:40 PM ET
Categories:  Men's Basketball  
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