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Josh Eilert Provides Update on Jesse Edwards’ Fractured Wrist



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WVU interim HC Josh Eilert provided an update on Jesse Edwards’ fractured wrist on Thursday. Edwards has been out for over a week and had successful surgery on Dec. 20.

“I think whatever wrap or cast he’s got on his wrist comes off after two weeks. So we are a week into that and I haven’t heard in any way that the timetable has been compromised by any means,” Eilert said. “I think we’re still on that four-week timetable.”

Edwards suffered the injury to his right wrist during the UMass game on Dec. 16. Edwards has been a top contributor for West Virginia so far this season during his final year of college basketball. Edwards is averaging 14.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks through 10 games.

For now, WVU has 6-foot-9 forward Akok Akok playing the five during Edwards’ absence. Akok is trying to get his conditioning up after dealing with a medical issue in late October that sidelined him for about six weeks. Eilert’s team currently sits at 5-7 with a couple of bad home losses but is looking forward to having his full roster out on the floor once Edwards returns.

“Knowing in three weeks we got Jesse Edwards coming back and we’ll actually have a five-man. We could be playing our best basketball in February and March so let’s continue to have that growth mindset and continue to figure out how we get better each and every day,” Eilert said.

West Virginia and Ohio State will play in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday night.

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