Joe Krabbenhoft will go to Madison foot specialist

Joe Krabbenhoft, 6-foot-7 junior forward from Sioux Falls (S.D.) Roosevelt, will go to Madison to have a foot specialist check out his left foot. The Wisconsin verbal had a school record 37 points and 13 rebounds in the Rough Riders' 67-46 playoff win as he made 14 of 17 from the field and 8 of 9 from the line, but the effort ended when he broke his foot, sidelining him for the rest of the year. He attended the recent Howard Pulley AAU tryouts with a boot on his foot and on crutches.

Joe Krabbenhoft was expected to miss 8-to-12 weeks after the injury.


Krabbenhoft was named first-team all-state by the AP as a sophomore and led his team to the final four of the South Dakota Class AA state championship. Krabbenhoft is among College Basketball News' top 25 juniors in the country.


He is still hoping to attend the NBA Players Association Camp in June and the ABCD camp in July, but will not be able to play with the Howard Pulley AAU team at the Boo Williams Invitational and Kingwood Classic in April. He has also been invited to the U.S. Olympic Development Festival June 24-27 in Colorado Springs.


Roosevelt finished 11-14 this season as Krabbenhoft missed the start of the season with a foot injury. The Rough Riders return four starters next season and figure to be one of the top teams in the state.


Krabbenhoft admitted that it is tough being on the sideline.


"Walking in the state tournament, that was the toughest," he said. "Watching everyone else play is hard."


Krabbenhoft has been able to do some weightlifting and is up to 210 pounds and hopes to be 215 to 220 next year.


Krabbenhoft's father, Kelby, said that his son has a good relationship with future teammates Greg Stiemsma and the three are already looking forward to playing together in the Badger frontcourt.


Friday, Krabbenhoft will visit with the same doctor that worked on Alando Tucker's foot and will also visit relatives in the Madison area.    


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