Arizona fans are anxious for the return of Allonzo Trier and it appears that it could come as soon as Wednesday against Washington State.
'I think it will be more of a game time decision on Wednesday and Saturday," Sean Miller said. "It will depend on how he continues to progress in practice and how he plays with protection."
As much as Miller wants him back, he's also not going to take any chances.
"Initially, I think when you sense the importance of the remainder of the year for him and the team, you don't want to jeopardize his ability to be with us for the long haul," Miller said.
"He has made a lot of strides as we knew he would and if he can string together a couple of good days here and show us he can play with no renewed pain, there is a chance he could play."
In terms of what Trier can do, the freshman guard has already shown quite a bit.
"He is already shooting and he has shown us he can shoot," Miller said. "That is one of the first things that starts to come back.
"It is more along the lines of things he can’t control. He is a very physical player, so he drives the ball and falls down and uses his hand to break the fall. Those are the things that out him at risk."
There is also some added motivation with the possibility that Trier can play in his hometown against Washington on Saturday.
"Allonzo would have played with a cast on his right hand if you would have let him the next day," Miller said. "He loves the game, is a tremendous worker, and cares a lot about his team. There’s nothing good about him missing eight games.
"Those are the circumstances and the good news is we’re getting to the end of the road. There’s going to be probably an awkward period of time when he starts playing, but I think we will eventually hit our stride with him back."