Brown to dress but not ready

Mi­ami will take it day by day on play­ing sta­tus of sopho­more.

The Palm Beach Post - - SPORTS - By Matt Porter Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

CORAL GABLES — It was read­ily ap­par­ent Sun­day even­ing that Bruce Brown’s sea­son was fin­ished.

It still might be. But it won’t look like that when TV cam­eras pan over to the Mi­ami bench dur­ing Thurs­day’s first-round NCAA Tour­na­ment game against Loy­ola-Chicago in Dal­las.

UM coach Jim Lar­rana g a, ad­dress­ing reporters Tues­day be­fore the team left for the air­port, shared some sur­pris­ing news:

“For those of you who don’t know,” he said, “it’s go­ing to be a

shock for every­body, Bruce Brown­will be dress­ing come Thurs­day. He won’t play, but hewants to be in uni­form.”

Brown, out since Jan. 30 with a stress frac­ture on the side ofhis left foot, sai­dat the A CC Tour­na­ment he hoped to play again this year. He had a pin sur­gi­cally in­serted into his fi­fifth metatarsal in early Fe­bru­ary. He has worn a walk­ing boot since, watch­ing Mi­ami go 7-4 in 11 games with­out him. On Se­lec­tion Sun­day, the nor­mally en­er­getic Brown ap­peared a bit sub­dued.

He had a check-up Mon­day. It must have gone well.

“The fi­first thing is, we’ve got to play well enough to win the game,” Lar­ranaga said when asked about Brown’s po­ten­tial avail­abil­ity be­yond Thurs­day. “Then af­ter that, you make de­ci­sions one day at a time.”

Two days ear­lier, Lar­ranaga strongly sug­gested Brown was done for the year.

“He hasn’t played in six weeks,” Lar­ranaga said Sun­day. “It’ll take him six weeks to re­hab the foot. You go to the NCAA Tour­na­ment and you play Bruce Brown, you think he’ll play hard? You’re darn right, and that would put pres­sure on the dan­ger of him rein­jur­ing it. There’s no chance he will play Thurs­day.”

Asked Sun­day if Brown could re­turn for the NCAA Tour­na­ment at all, should Mi­ami make a run, Lar­ranaga said this:

“Letme put it this way: If

Bruce de­cides to come back next year for his [ ju­nior] year, then we’ll plan on play­ing him.”

At the time of his in­jury, Brown, an NBA draft prospect, was av­er­ag­ing 11.4 points per game, sec­ond on the team, and led the Hur­ri­canes with 7.1 re­bounds and 4.0 as­sists.


Mi­ami guard Bruce Brown Jr. has been out since Jan. 30 with a stress frac­ture in his left foot.

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