Indiana still won’t be at full strength on Sunday when it travels to Penn State.
Sophomore guard Trey Galloway is close to returning from a broken wrist he suffered on Nov. 17 against St. John’s, but he won’t be in the rotation when the Hoosiers face the Nittany Lions at 4 p.m. Eastern (BTN) in University Park.
The 6-foot-4 Galloway is making progress, however, and he could return within the next week.
“He won’t play Sunday, but yesterday (Thursday) was the first time he’s had some contact,” head coach Mike Woodson said on Friday. “It wasn’t a long period of contact, but we got him back out on the floor just a little bit.”
Galloway was a rotation regular prior to the injury and he is averaging 3.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 13.3 minutes per contest. He gives Indiana improved perimeter defense and a better ability to break down opponents with both dribble drives and transition offense.
When he returns, Galloway should be ready from a stamina standpoint.
“He’s been doing the endurance stuff we’ve been doing every day for a little while now,” Woodson added.
Indiana will have three days off after the Penn State game, and that appears likely to be enough of a window to allow for Galloway to be ready to return to the floor provided that there are no setbacks.
“Hopefully the Ohio State game (on Jan. 6) we’ll have him back,” Woodson said. “We’ve just got to keep gauging day-by-day to see where he is and how he looks.”
Galloway suffered the wrist injury when he was flagrantly fouled by the Red Storm’s Montez Mathis as he attempted to score at the rim after a steal.
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