Patterson's Recovery Ahead of Schedule

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie says star center Patrick Patterson's recovery from an ankle injury is well ahead of schedule.

A stress fracture in Patterson's left ankle cut his freshman season short in late February. Gillispie said Thursday that Patterson has been running on a treadmill in a therapeutic pool inside the school's practice facility and could be back on the court as early as next month.

Patterson averaged 16.4 points and 7.7 rebounds for the Wildcats last season as Kentucky overcame a rough start to finish 18-13 and qualify for the NCAA tournament for the 17th straight season.

Gillispie also said Thursday the school will likely not fill the equipment manager position. The position has been vacant since the death of longtime manager Bill Keightley, who passed away in March.

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