Sixth year a formality for Egolf (Basketball)

June 26, 2011

Will Egolf

Faced with the possibility of rushing back from an ACL injury too soon for his final season at Bradley University, Will Egolf of Haines will petition the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility.

It’s not a certainty, but it does seem to be a formality.

The rule was put in place specifically to provide college athletes a safety net after suffering two major injuries. It happened with Eagle River’s Chris Devine at UC-Santa Barbara a couple years ago.

The 6-foot-9 Egolf, of Juneau-Douglas fame, averaged a career-best 8.1 points to go along with 4.1 rebounds as a junior last season. He has started 62 of 85 career games.

He will be a senior for the 2012-13 season.

Egolf injured his knee earlier this month during open gym, the same one that that cost him most of the 2008-09 season.

The Alaskan was checked out by Chicago Bulls team physician Dr. Brian Cole, who will perform the surgery next month. Cole officially ruled Egolf out for the season, something that will all but guarantee a sixth season of eligibility.

“I was a little bit worried it would come down to the team needing me, I’m at 80 percent and I have to decide,” Egolf told the (Peoria) Journal Star. “So it was kind of a relief to have Dr. Cole make the decision for me. I’ll basically do rehab and basketball drills during the entire season.”

Another year of school means a second degree for Egolf.

“I’m looking at the positives,” he said. “I’m planning to add a second major in multimedia to go with organizational communications and a minor in marketing.”