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An Update On Mosley

Freshman guard Sean Mosley sat on the bench, draped in his black warm-up pullover for most of the game yesterday, standing only to get in closer to the huddle during timeouts. As the game progressed and the score got out of hand, the student section got restless.

"We want Mos-ley!" the chanted. "We want Mos-ley!"

But Mosley never entered the game, a measure of precaution taken to ensure the guard's health entering the team's final week of practice before the regular season opener next Friday against Bucknell.

Mosley suffered a low ankle sprain during practice on Oct. 31 when he came down awkwardly on the foot of junior guard Greivis Vasquez. He did not practice again until Nov. 5, and even then, all the coaches had him do was run straight-line sprints. He also ran the following day and practiced on Friday. Mosley participated in warm-up drills before the game yesterday, but Williams and his staff decided it would be wiser to error on the side of caution.

"He could have played, but how would you like to have seen him get hurt in a game where we won like that?" Coach Gary Williams said. "He really wanted to play; he’s probably not happy with me right now, but that’s okay cause he’ll be happy cause he’ll be playing on Monday. The thing that kept him out was I said what if he turns (the ankle) again today and can’t practice next week? So that’s why he didn’t play. But he could have played. If we had a game, he probably would have played. You know, a game that wasn’t an exhibition game."

Williams has praised Mosley's development and said the 6-foot-4, 210-pound guard likely will see time at the shooting guard and small forward positions this season. Once healthy, Mosley is expected to see significant minutes during games.

According to Williams, Mosley will participate fully in Monday's practice and, barring any setbacks, will play against Bucknell.

How big of an impact do you expect Mosley to have on the team this season? Better yet, what is a fair expectation for the young freshman to have this season?

By Steve Yanda  |  November 9, 2008; 3:00 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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