PALO ALTO, Calif. - Initial X-rays on guard Jordin Mayes' injured right foot did not reveal a break but the Wildcats are still taking a careful approach because of his history.
Mayes is unlikely to play Saturday at Stanford but could return soon depending on his pain level. If the pain from his injury suffered Thursday at Cal subsides, UA will re-test him and he could play.
If it does not, however, a stress fracture may be suspected and he could miss more time.
"Because that's the foot that he broke and he has a screw in it, and he has some pain, we're going to proceed with caution," UA coach Sean Miller told the Star today, when the Wildcats arrived at their team hotel after leaving Berkeley. "He doesn't have additional swelling, and he actually says he feels a little better this morning than he did when he hurt it which is a great sign.
Miller was decidedly less optimistic Thursday night, when UA staffers feared a break of the same foot that Mayes broke last summer. Mayes had a screw inserted in the foot when he had surgery in June to repair the foot.
"Last night when he went down, he had the pain in the same foot that he had the screw in and you really think about the reality of him breaking that foot again," Miller said. "But he didn't do that."
Meanwhile, forward Kevin Parrom had the exact same foot surgery this morning in Tucson that Mayes had last summer, except that it was on his right foot, and Miller said reports are that Parrom's surgery went well.
Parrom https://twitter.com/#!/KevinParrom3/status/165593697327661056" target="_blank">tweeted that it "wasn't bad at all."
Miller said he expects to have Parrom back by early May, which should allow him a nearly complete offseason to recover and train.
After Stanford outrebounded ASU 37-22 in its 68-44 http://www.azcentral.com/sports/asu/articles/2012/02/02/20120202asu-basketball-loss-stanford-road.html" target="_blank">win over the Sun Devils on Thursday, the Cardinal sat in second place in Pac-12 offensive rebounding (12.6) and in fourth place in defensive rebounding (23.1).
"They're big and strong," Miller said. "I think the key for us is rebounding. Last night we didn't necessarily answer the bell there but we did do a great job with our turnovers, three in first half, 11 for the game in a hard fought game on the road like that.
"You can see when we have 12 or fewer, we just are a better team. But as we do that we have to find a way to rebound. Stanford is one of our conference's best rebounding teams. Josh Owens is a load inside and that's where it starts with those guys, defending him and rebounding."