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Sunday, August 26, 2012

KU forward Carolyn Davis’ recovery on course

Kansas women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson, left, hangs out with members of her team around a Jayhawk-themed golf cart before the start of the eighth annual Bonnie Henrickson Golf Tournament on Saturday, August 25, 2012, at Alavamar.

Kansas women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson, left, hangs out with members of her team around a Jayhawk-themed golf cart before the start of the eighth annual Bonnie Henrickson Golf Tournament on Saturday, August 25, 2012, at Alavamar.

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Kansas women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson, left, hangs out with members of her team around a Jayhawk-themed golf cart before the start of the eighth annual Bonnie Henrickson Golf Tournament on Saturday, August 25, 2012, at Alavamar.

Kansas University senior basketball forward Carolyn Davis has entered the final stages of rehab from ACL surgery on her left knee.

“It’s great. I’m about a month away from being fully released,” the 6-foot-3 Houston native reported Saturday from the eighth-annual Bonnie Henrickson Golf Tournament at Alvamar.

“I hope I can get in the gym soon and get some individuals (workouts) in, get in the flow of things and be ready for the season.”

Davis had surgery in February after suffering a dislocated left knee and torn ACL during the opening minutes of a loss at Kansas State. A first-team All-Big 12 performer both her sophomore season and again last season, Davis had averaged 17.5 points a game at the time of the injury.

“We have weights with the team. I lift and do all that and some conditioning. I get in the gym with our trainer, and I do sprints and work on that, work on basic basketball things I haven’t done in a while,” Davis said.

“I’ve followed my rehab procedures perfectly. I’ve done everything I can to get back to where I’m supposed to be,” added Davis, who hopes to be cleared to compete in her final Late Night in the Phog, set for Oct. 12 in Allen Fieldhouse.

“It’ll be a process. I won’t be 100 percent at the beginning of the season. Hopefully at the end I’ll be there.”

Davis said she has conferred with teammates Angel Goodrich and Tania Jackson, who have successfully battled back from ACL surgery, as well as WNBA player and former Jayhawk Danielle McCray.

“Of course there are doubts when you have an injury like this,” Davis said. “Now that I see where I am and how much progress I’ve made and also see how Danielle has come along ... the fact I have a whole year to get it right gives me a lot of confidence.”

KU coach Henrickson, who welcomed more than 200 golfers to her tourney, which supports the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Breast Center, said she’s confident Davis will have a great pro career.

“Absolutely, her and Angel both. There’s no doubt in my mind ... and the conversations I’ve had with coaches in the league (WNBA), those two are high prospects,” Henrickson said.

She said there’s absolutely no rush to get Davis back on the court.

“I think it’s probably unfair to her to give her a date,” Henrickson said. “Speaking with Doc (Jeff) Randall and talking with him initially is communicating (she’ll be ready) somewhere around Late Night. If she’s ready before that, that will be his call and the trainer’s call. If she’s not ready, the same thing, it’ll be the trainer’s call and the doc’s call. When she is released, it is when the docs say it’s fine for her to go.”

Davis said she’s confident the team will build on last season’s run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

“I think the sky is the limit for us,” Davis said.

Tourney notes: KU’s men’s basketball assistant coaches Norm Roberts and Kurtis Townsend played in the scramble tournament. ... Henrickson on first-year assistant coach Terry Nooner, who played for the KU men’s team: “He’s great. He has great energy, wants so much for us to be successful and be such a big part of it.”

Tyshawn to sign: Former KU guard Tyshawn Taylor of the Brooklyn Nets will sign autographs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at Dillons, 1740 Massachusetts.

Comments

jayhawkfanall12 6 years, 8 months ago

hopefully, Bonnie Henrickson sees what she had in her GREAT HIGH PERFORMING freshman (now sophomore) Chelsea Gardner. That young lady let the beast out during the tournament last year, and if the leash is loosened even more this year will ball out. Not taking anything from Carolyn Davis, but Chelsea is more versatile and actually goes for rebounds. She was a rebound machine in the tournament, and also shows her shooting ability. Carolyn Davis' shot is way flat, and not very accurate. She can only work in the post by turning around and throwing up a layup, Chelsea has plenty more moves to work around defense. Also, It was great watching the teams progress during the tournament and seeing ANGEL GOODRICH lead. Such an amazing young lady and very humble. Interesting to see the lineups Bonnie comes up with this year. Don't mess this up, we have high hopes for the BEST PLAYERS TO PLAY. Best wishes on season.

kubiggestfan 6 years, 8 months ago

Chelsea did look pretty good in the tournament. Maybe they will share minutes and everything will work out fine at the seasons end. I don't see HCBH putting both of her centers on the floor at the same time.

jayhawkfanall12 6 years, 8 months ago

I agree. Its not likely she will play them together. If thats the case I hope she makes the right decision on who deserves the role, not make it based on "favoritism."

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