BUFFALO, N.Y. – One way or another, Notre Dame’s first-team all-ACC performer will play Thursday in first-round action of the NCAA tournament.
The question remains how effective the 6-foot-5, 225-pound junior from New Bedford, Mass. can be against No. 12 seed Princeton.
“It feels a lot better,” said Colson, who sprained his right ankle with eight minutes left in the ACC championship game against Duke Saturday night.
“When it happened, I felt like I couldn’t really move or walk on it. Now I can move, I can walk on my toes, everything is progressing.”
Colson missed a few minutes of the game after suffering the injury, but then returned and played the rest of the way. He finished with 29 points, although only three of those points came after the injury.
“I’d say maybe a little ahead of where I thought he’d be,” said Irish head coach Mike Brey. “In the last day-and-a-half, he’s made great progress. The swelling has gone down. He got out and moved around with us a little bit.
“It’s about what we thought when we got to the hotel early Sunday morning. Our trainers and doctors said, ‘He’s going to be sore; he’s going to be swollen, but by Thursday, we’ll be ready to cut him loose.’”
Colson practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, mainly shooting free throws and gingerly taking shots and handling the basketball with measured movement. It’s all part of the plan, which has included morning, afternoon and evening therapy sessions.
“I’ve been trying to get as much treatment as possible,” Colson said. “I haven’t been doing anything on it. Just trying to get ready for the game. That’s the most important thing for me to do.”
Brey has no doubt that Colson will answer the bell when the Irish tip off with the Tigers Thursday at 12:15 p.m. ET.
“He’s one of those guys who we tape up tomorrow and he’ll play like the man that he is,” Brey said. “You give him a couple of Advil and turn him loose.”
Colson wouldn’t put a percentage on his health.
“I’ll be ready to play,” Colson flatly stated. “I’ll do anything I can to help the team win.
“We have a great opportunity to do what we do and to be successful in this tournament. When it comes time for the tip, I’ll be out there.”