Stiemsma out 6-8 weeks

True freshman center has already rescinded redshirt by playing in exhibition game

Greg Stiemsma, a true freshman center on the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team, will miss approximately six to eight weeks with a right foot injury, the UW sports medicine staff announced Thursday in a press release.

The 6-foot-11 center played 16 minutes in the Badgers' first exhibition game, Nov. 10 against UW-Parkside, scoring four points with seven rebounds and two blocked shots. His participation in that game rescinded his right to redshirt, per NCAA rules.

Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan has advocated for a change to those rules that would allow true freshmen to play in exhibitions and then determine their redshirt status. Such legislation has been proposed to the NCAA and could be implemented as early as next season.

"Right now our goal is to get Greg the treatment he needs to be able to get back on the court," Ryan said in the press release. "Like I've said in the past, I believe we have the best medical personnel available for our student-athletes. Greg has a great work ethic and I am confident he will be dedicated in his rehabilitation."

Ryan addressed the media following Wisconsin's practice Thursday afternoon, but at that time said he did not know the extent of Stiemsma's injury. Thursday evening's press release offered few details, stating simply, "The injury was first reported last week and medical tests have since determined that Stiemsma would need to sit out."

Stiemsma wore a walking boot on his right foot Thursday afternoon, as he has all week, and watched practice courtside, sitting alongside sophomore forward Jason Chappell, who is doubtful for Saturday's game with a right ankle injury.

Redshirt freshman center Brian Butch, however, returned to practice Thursday and is expected to play Saturday. Butch had not practice in about a week with his own right foot injury.

Stiemsma has not practiced since playing in the Parkside game last week. He, Butch and Chappell all sat out Wisconsin's second exhibition Tuesday against UW-Platteville.

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