Egolf cleared for takeoff (Basketball)

November 24, 2009
Bradley Braves

It’s been nearly a year to the day since Bradley University’s Will Egolf tore the ACL in his right knee, thus ending his freshman season after just 69 minutes.

The 6-foot-9 Juneau product is back on the court this season, although he brought something with him.

“To be honest, I hate putting on the brace. It reminds me that I tore my ACL,” Egolf told WYZZ-TV in Peoria, Ill.

“I’m doing good from the mental side. I usually forget injuries, it’s done. But this was so severe—there’s a brace, all those things. But I’m doing better than I thought I would.”

When healthy, Egolf can jump out of the gym.

“It’s coming. Every day I surprise myself and feel better every day,” Egolf said. “The soreness goes away, the swelling. It’s good.”

It’s been all good on the court, where Egolf is the team’s starting center as a sophomore for a Braves squad that has started 3-1. What’s more, the Alaskan has already scored more points and grabbed more rebounds than last year—in one less game, no less.

“When I first got back, the first couple of days I was trying to do everything at once,” he said.”Everyone was saying, ‘hey slow down.’ You’re not going to be the player you were just yet.”

Give the big guy a break, though. It’s a natural reaction to want to make up lost time after injuries took away your season.

“We’ve talked about 10-day increments,” Bradley coach Jim Les said. “These 10 days let’s focus on these two or three things. Let’s not try and be an offensive juggernaut or let’s not try and be the best player on the team.”

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