Wichita State senior guard Demetric Williams is taking his first tentative steps toward competing in basketball practices.
Williams underwent surgery on his left ankle in early August to remove three loose bodies and shave a bone spur. He said his recovery is on schedule to return him to full health by late October or early November. WSU starts its full practice schedule on Oct. 12. The Shockers play an exhibition game against Pittsburg State on Nov. 5 before opening the season on Nov. 10 against North Carolina Central.
Monday, Williams did ball-handling drills and light shooting drills while the rest of the team practiced, as it will do twice a week for the next four weeks. He did more shooting drills Tuesday morning and lifted weights early Tuesday afternoon.
“I was able to do a slight little jog,” he said. “I’m not jumping. I’m just working it out more and more and progressing.”
Williams told his doctor he was pain-free. His goal is to run by the end of the next two or three weeks and then move to lateral movements and cutting before getting cleared to jump.
“I’m just trying to hurry up and get back and help my team out,” he said.
Williams averaged 5.5 points in 24.3 minutes a game as a junior. He started 23 games.
See the Shockers — WSU set Oct. 25 as the date for Shocker Madness, its annual public scrimmages for the men’s and women’s basketball teams.
The time and format will be determined later.
Murry moves to Israel — Former Shocker guard Toure Murry signed with Hapeol Tel Aviv, an Israeli basketball club in the Winner League.
Murry left the Turkish team Trabzonspor to sign with Hapeol, according to the team. Murry will find several Kansas connections in Israel. He will be teammates with former Kansas State forward Curtis Kelly.
Former Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen plays for a team in Jerusalem. Wichitan Taj Gray signed with Elizur Ashkelon earlier this month.
Shockers win in Colorado — WSU’s men’s golf team won the Ram Masters Invitational by one shot over host Colorado State in Fort Collins, Colo.
The Shockers started Tuesday’s final round five shots behind leader Nevada. WSU closed with a 288 to finish at 19-over-par 859. Nevada carded a 295 to finish third in the 15-team field with an 861. Colorado State finished with a 288.
WSU’s Rafael Becker and Calvin Pearson tied for fourth at 4-over-par 214. Hunter Sparks tied for 16th (217), followed by Chandler Rusk with a 220 and Tyler Gann with a 222.
Colorado State’s Jordan Westch shot a 67 on Tuesday to claim medalist honors with a 210 at the Fort Collins Country Club.
WSU opened the fall with a victory in the Shocker Classic and has won six of its past nine tournaments.