Boateng Set To Return In A Week

After breaking a bone in his foot during the first game of the season, the nation's top rated junior center could be back on the court very soon according to his head coach.

If everything goes as planned, Eric Boateng will be back on the court within the three weeks.

The St. Andrew's (Del.) 6-10 junior center, arguably the most coveted big man in the Class of 2005, has been sidelined since the first game of the season when he broke a bone in his foot early in the second half.

Boateng returned from the doctor on Monday afternoon and got the go-ahead to begin his rehab. He didn't waste any time as he was in the pool immediately after getting the news.

``He's certainly on pace to be back in two or three weeks," St. Andrews coach Robert Rue said. "He was in the pool right away busting his butt."

``It just depends on how everything goes in the next couple weeks," Rue said of the timetable for Boateng's return. "If there's any question at all, we'll err on the side of caution."

Despite the injury, the coaching carousel hasn't come to a halt as it does with many players who are unable to play. Rue said that Villanova, Kansas, Georgetown and Michigan have all made the trip even though Boateng has been out of action.

In fact, Wolverines assistant Chuck Swenson came to the school on Tuesday.

Boateng, the first starter that has missed more than two games in Rue's 14-year coaching career, has picked up some coaching duties since he's been on the sidelines.

``He's handled everything real well," Rue said. "He's been involved with practices and I even give him coaching assignments. When the buzzer sounded on Saturday night to end the game, he was sweating."

As far as his recruiting is concerned, Rue said his star player, who hails from England, has made some progress – but not enough to come up with a concrete list as of yet.

The above-mentioned schools who came to the school during Boateng's layoff are all under consideration – as are Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, UCLA, BC, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Xavier and Virginia. Boateng has taken unofficial trips to Villanova, Georgetown, UNC, Duke and BC.

``Duke and North Carolina have both been very active, checking in weekly," added Rue. "N.C. State was here for his first game when he got hurt and they've been calling regularly as well."

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