Brooks Returns to Gonzaga Practice

March 9, 2002

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University men's basketball guard Winston Brooks, sidelined since early January with a broken right wrist, returned to practice Saturday.

Brooks had the cast removed on Thursday and was cleared to begin activity. The Bulldogs had Friday off.

Prior to his injury, the 6-0 native of Richmond, Virg., had appeared in the first 14 games for the Bulldogs with one start against Eastern Oregon University. The transfer from nearby North Idaho College scored a season-high 9 points against Portland State University, grabbed 4 rebounds against the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and dished out 7 assists twice this season against PSU and EOU.

Brooks often teamed with senior Dan Dickau to give the Bulldogs a two-point-guard look, something that was successful in 1999 when the Bulldogs had the point guard duo of Matt Santangelo and Quentin Hall.

Few said it is too early to tell if Brooks will be available for action in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

"Saturday was his first practice in two months," Few said. "We'll have to evaluate him on a daily basis. It would be a bonus to our depth if he is able to give us some minutes off the bench. I know he wants to play. However, we can't let this be an emotional decision. We have to be convinced he is physcially and mentally prepared to be in a game situation. Two months is a long layoff."

The Bulldogs will find out Sunday afternoon with the rest of the nation who and where they will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The field will be announced on CBS-TV (KREM-TV, Channel 2 in Spokane) at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Gonzaga will have a Selection Sunday party beginning at 2 p.m. at the West Coast Grand Hotel in downtown Spokane.



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