When Sunderhaus went down with a torn ACL in his left knee on Jan. 25, he was SU's second-leading scorer (10.6 points per game) and top rebounder (6.2 rpg). He missed the remaining 11 games of the season, including the Redhawks' two-point loss to New Mexico State in the first round of the WAC Tournament -- a game in which SU was punished by the Aggies' inside duo of 7-foot-5 Sim Bhullar and 6-10 Tshilidzi Nephawe.
Sunderhaus, who stands 6-9, looked good during Saturday's full-contact scrimmage at the Connolly Center that was open to the public. In Dollar's radio interview, the coach indicated Sunderhaus will be ready to play in the Nov. 14 season opener against Texas State.
"Every day he gets better mentally as he's coming back," Dollar said of Sunderhaus, whom he calls the best scorer among the team's post players.
"We're pleased with his progress," Dollar added. He's more sure of himself every time out."Dollar also talked about SU's four senior leaders, its incoming freshmen, the new additions to his coaching staff, recruiting in the Seattle area, and expectations for the upcoming season, among other topics. You can hear the entire interview here: Oct. 28 "Talkin' Hoops" with Jim Basnight. Dollar's segment begins about 25 minutes into the broadcast.