Tate's Ankle Still Hurting

Cyrus Tate spoke to the media on Thursday and said his high ankle sprain continues to trouble him. Read what the Iowa center said about his health in this HN.com Interview.

Q: How frustrating is this getting and have they done more tests to see if there is anything else going on in there?

Cyrus Tate: I am getting frustrated. I want to be out there playing. But what can I do about it? I plan on playing basketball after this and this is not a good situation. I want to be able to contribute to our team and help out and be a presence for our team. But right now, I just can't rush. I just have to let it take it's time.

Q: With this being your senior year and there only being a couple of games left are you trying to balance patience with the internal rush to get on the court?

CT: I get impatient, but I've been impatient twice and it hasn't helped me any. I just have to do what's best for me getting better. Being healthy for our team, that's the only way I can be effective. It's me being healthy and knowing I can do things to help the team. Right now, I can't change direction. I can't really guard anybody. It's tough. And the pain is horrible. I hope things can turn around in the next couple of weeks.

Q: Is it conceivable that you're done for the year?

CT: No, I'm not saying that. There's still hope. I'm just keeping positive about it. That's all I can do right now.

Q: What did the Northwestern game do? How did that set you back?

CT: It responded OK, but the next day it was brutal. We play teams that play more of a one-on-one type offense and defense. It's easier for me to guard someone on Northwestern because they play zone. You just stand there really. You don't have to do much. But when I have to move and go off back screens and stuff like that, it kind of sets me back because I have to change direction. My ankle doesn't respond well to that.

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