Weems Out At Least Four Weeks

FAYETTEVILLE -- Basketball players have collided into one another or crashed onto the floor often in front of Arkansas coach John Pelphrey and emerged without even a bruise.

Other times, Pelphrey has seen his players barely make contact with a teammate and come away with a substantial injury. That was the case Tuesday for Arkansas senior Sonny Weems.

Weems broke his left hand and will miss Arkansas' two exhibition games this weekend in Cancun, Mexico. He will spend the next four weeks in a cast.

"I didn't see it, and nobody really knows (how it happened)," Pelphrey said. "Somebody told me someone fell on his hand. I saw Sonny in the parking lot as I was leaving (Tuesday) and the way I understood it from Sonny, the back of his hand hit somebody's knee.

"It's never really the big fall or collision that gets you sometimes. It's a slight bump at the right angle I guess."

Pelphrey said Weems would likely spend two weeks in a hard cast and two weeks in a soft cast. He said the injury was frustrating because Weems had impressed him throughout the first week of practices.

The injury shouldn't force Weems to miss any of Arkansas' official practices, which start on Oct. 12.

"I think that Sonny Weems is better than I anticipated from an all-around (perspective)," Pelphrey said.


The Razorbacks partook in scrimmages on Saturday and Sunday before taking off Monday.

Pelphrey said their performance was adequate considering the new things that have been thrown at them.

"As first scrimmages go, they were OK," Pelphrey said. "Those are always pretty scary."

Pelphrey was especially excited about the hustle and intensity shown throughout the mock games. He said his players aren't hesitating to dive for a ball or help one another on the court.

He also complimented the Razorbacks' eagerness to learn, during practices and scrimmages.

Ervin's Back

Point guard Gary Ervin returned from New York, where he attended his grandmother's funeral, and looked like he hadn't missed any time at all. He scored and found open teammates often in Arkansas' scrimmages.

"He's not behind at all. We got him caught up to speed quickly," Pelphrey said. "Gary played very well in the scrimmage from an offensive and competing standpoint. There's not any catch-up needed with him."


If the Razorbacks' Cancun games started Wednesday, Pelphrey said his starting lineup would've consisted of Ervin at point guard, sophomore Patrick Beverley at shooting guard, senior Charles Thomas at small forward, senior Darian Townes at power forward and senior Steven Hill at center. ... Guard Stefan Welsh returned to practice on Tuesday at 60 percent capacity, Pelphrey said. Welsh could see playing time in Cancun. ... Pelphrey raved about freshman forward Michael Sanchez and his ability to adapt quickly to the speed of the college game.

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