Davies Healing Nicely

The Cougar hoopsters have had bad luck when it comes to health this year. Their health problems have ranged from inconvenient (Jimmer Fredette's mono) to life-threatening (Coach Rose's pancreatic cancer). Freshman center Brandon Davies recently had health problems of his own, having had to undergo an appendectomy. Fortunately, like Fredette and Rose, Davies appears to be healing nicely.

After suffering from nausea and severe abdominal pain earlier this week, tests revealed that Brandon Davies needed to have his appendix removed. The surgery was performed Wednesday evening, and Davies is said to be feeling better.

"The surgery went really well," said Coach Rose on Thursday. "The doctors are pleased with how that turned out and he was released from the hospital today, and [he'll] get some rest. [He] actually came by practice and saw the guys for a minute."

Doctors estimate that Davies will need a period of about 10-to-14 days to recover.

"It was done with a scope, so there's not a large incision that needs to heal, and so we'll just kind of go day to day here," said Rose.

Rose expressed a desire to get Davies back as soon as possible, but also said he wants to avoid rushing him back and potentially having a setback. He said they will hopefully get Davies on a stationary bike in a day or two and see how he responds to cardio work, and then get him running if he is in the shape to do so.

Meanwhile, the Cougars will have to make do without Davies as they take on UNLV on Saturday. After Thursday's practice, Rose addressed the question of how not having Davies might affect the Cougars.

"Well, you know, Brandon played well against them here," said Rose. "He's a low post presence. That's one of the ways you can really penetrate the ball against their defense is to throw that ball in the post, so we'll obviously rely a lot on Chris [Miles], and James [Anderson] will get a chance to play, and [we'll] maybe play Noah [Hartsock] a little bit at the five. We'll just see how that goes."

Jackson Emery chose to look on the bright side of things.

"It is a tough break, but at the same time it's fortunate because it's kind of the right time where we play one game, then we have a week off," said Emery. "So if it was next week, then he'd probably be missing three, four games, but hopefully we can get him back for Air Force or maybe for Colorado State."

Haws Update

It hasn't been a good week to be a Cougar freshman. Tyler Haws played only 12 minutes Tuesday night against TCU thanks to an elbow to the head. However, Rose said Haws appears to be fine now and that his headache is gone.


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