Dickau Still Sidelined As Finger Continues To Heal

Dec. 26, 2000

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University men's basketball point guard Dan Dickau, sidelined with a broken finger, will not be available for duty Saturday against Monmouth University when the Bulldogs return to action at 7 p.m. in The Kennel.

There was guarded optimism Dickau, who suffered a broken left index finger Nov. 29 at the University of Arizona, would be ready to return to action Saturday. But while x-rays revealed the fracture is healing, he has not been cleared to practice or play, according to Gonzaga head athletic trainer Steve DeLong.

"He won't be able to touch a basketball until Jan. 1," DeLong said as the Bulldogs prepared to return to practice Tuesday following a Christmas break. The Bulldogs have not played or practiced since a 72-61 defeat at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Dec. 20.

DeLong said it is also doubtful Dickau would be able to see any duty Jan. 2 when Gonzaga hosts the University of New Mexico at 7:30 p.m. in the Spokane Arena.

"We'll have Dr. (Russell) VanderWilde look at it again this week, but he hasn't been released to play or practice. He is out of the splint and the healing process seems to be going well, but it will be at least Jan. 1 before he is cleared to return," DeLong said. VanderWilde is one of Gonzaga's orthopaedic surgeons.

DeLong was hopeful Dickau would be able to return this Saturday following the initial diagnosis because it takes an average of four weeks for the normal healing process. But Delong also noted everybody heals at a different rate.

In Dickau's absence, freshman Blake Stepp has moved from the off guard to point guard. The Eugene, Ore., native is averaging 12.1 ppg, 4.6 assists/game and 4.0 turnovers/game for the 5-4 Bulldogs who are in the midst of a 3-game losing streak.



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