Midnight Madness is next Friday, and Pitt coach Jamie Dixon worked late tonight at the Petersen Events Center finalizing plans for Pitt’s outdoor event on Bigelow Boulevard.
Two players who had offseason surgeries are experiencing different results as the Panthers prepare for the 2012-13 season. Junior forward J.J. Moore, who had surgery to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot, will not have any limitations when practice begins next week. Dixon reported only some minor problems with Moore getting into the physical conditioning he desires after rehabbing the foot.
It’s a different story for senior point guard Tray Woodall, who had offseason sports hernia surgery after the injury forced him to miss 10 games in the middle of last season. Woodall has not missed any of the team workouts since the players reported back to school in August, but Dixon said he has had to miss some strength and conditioning workouts because of the same discomfort in the abdomen.
“With Tray, it’s his call,” Dixon said. “There are times when he has discomfort.”
I asked Dixon whether he might have to rest Woodall in season because of the injury, much in the same way he did last year when Woodall would practice occasionally and play in games in the second half of the season. Dixon said he hadn’t looked that far ahead, but said that arrangement last season “was not beneficial for him or for us.”
One thing Dixon has going for him this season that he did not have last season was a true backup point guard. James Robinson was recruited to be the point guard of the future, and his development might be important if Woodall cannot find a way to play through the discomfort.
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