Coach Lorenzo Romar said that Jon Brockman's Friday surgery (see post below) went well, and that his All-Pac-10 forward should be running in a month and fully ready for the start of the new season.
"Jon has a chance to be an All-American next year," he said, "and we've got a chance to be a very good basketball team."
Romar said he bases his optimism on the fact that there are more returning veterans with solid histories of playing together, and also on his belief that the team's guard play will be "much improved."
However, he cautioned that he thinks some folks are wrong in expecting some Pac-10 teams to fall off this season.
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He said that he expects are eligible veterans to return and for all four freshmen to qualify.
"We're excited that those four guys are coming, and that they're all going to be here," he said. "And we're going to have everybody back (except Ryan Appleby and Tim Morris)."
Without a change in anyone's status, that would seem to put the team one over the scholarship limit of 13, but Romar never discusses such matters except to say that they will be at the limit by the start of fall classes.
In other health issues, Romar said Artem Wallace is "making very good progress." And he said that while Joe Wolfinger is "taking a little time off to give his foot some rest," he expects him to be ready for the coming season.